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A small evergreen holly tree (Ilex vomitoria) chiefly of the southeast United States, having red or sometimes yellow fruit and glossy leaves formerly used to make a bitter tea.

[Catawba yã´pã.]
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(ˈjɔːpən) or


(Plants) a southern US evergreen holly shrub, Ilex vomitoria, with spreading branches, scarlet fruits, and oval leaves: used as a substitute for tea
[from Catawba yopun shrub, diminutive of yop tree]
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(ˈyɔ pɒn)

a holly shrub or small tree, Ilex vomitoria, of the southern U.S., having bitter leaves that are sometimes brewed as a tea.
[1700–10, Amer.; < Catawba yą́pą=- wood, tree + leaf]
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Caption: Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) is a beautiful hedge plant in the American South.
Good examples include yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) across the South, various cedars and junipers ((Juniperus sp.) in the Midwest and Southwest, prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.) in Texas and southern wiregrass (Aristida beyrichiana) in the Deep South.
The understory was dominated by yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) with lesser amounts of red bay (Persea borbonia) and cabbage palmetto (Sabalpalmetto) (Table 2).
Resting vegetation commonly found in and around coastal hammocks, such as yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria Sol.
Widely grown hollies include American hollies (Ilex opaca), English hollies (Ilex aquifolium), Yaupon hollies (Ilex vomitoria), and Japanese hollies (Ilex crenata).
Yaupon holly, with the colorful species name Ilex vomitoria, points to a story worth telling to a group of middle school students who may think they aren't going to enjoy learning about binominal nomenclature, the scientific two-part classification system.
44 The plant rejoicing in the name Ilex vomitoria (from traditional ceremonial use) is in which family of trees?
Ilex vomitoria, nana "Schillings," Dwarf Yaupon Holly
For this August ceremony, the people brewed a special beverage from cassina (Ilex vomitoria), a native holly, which functioned as an emetic.
The understory includes yaupon (Ilex vomitoria), American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), sassafras (Sassafras albidum), dogwood (Cornus florida) and palmetto (Sabal minor).