Acanthus ilicifolius

Species: Acanthus ilicifolius

English Name: Sea Holly

Chinese Name: 老鼠簕

Family: Acanthaceae


One of the most dominant mangrove species in Macao, usually found both in the margins and back mangroves. It is a shrub easily distinguished by its spiny stems and leaves. Mature leaves have sharp serrated edges.

© 2012 K.G. Tagulao

© 2012 K.G. Tagulao

© 2012 K.G. Tagulao


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Araño-Tagulao, K, Chan, SK,Wong, S., Ang, PO, Kam, K. Macao’s Mangroves, University of Saint, Joseph, 2012.