Ilex kaushue

Ilex kaushue is a species of plant in the holly family, Aquifoliaceae, which is used to make a very bitter tea called kuding. It is native to China, growing in dense forests, a tree up to 8 metres (26 ft) tall.[2]

Ilex kaushue
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Tea made with the dried leaves of Ilex kaushue
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Aquifoliales
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Genus: Ilex
I. kaushue
Binomial name
Ilex kaushue
  • Ilex kudingcha C.J. Tseng
  • Ilex latifolia fo. puberula D. Fang & Z.M. Tan


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  2. ^ Shu-kun Chen; Haiying Ma; Yuxing Feng; Gabrielle Barriera; Pierre-André Loizeau. "Aquifoliaceae". Flora of China. 11. pp. 364, 394.