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Could anyone help me identify this plant?

 
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I was thinking it might be a type of holly, which wold excite me because then I could use the leaves as a caffeine source in a coffee substitute blend

Also the berries look like juicy speckled jelly beans! Not that holly berries are edible (I don't think...).

Anyhow, if it helps I'm located in northeast Alabama and the area the plant grows gets really moist some parts of the year and is in a lot of shade. I think there may be some oaks growing nearby as well, and a few kinds of mosses as well.

And a lot of the soil on our land is clayey.

Ok, thanks to anyone who takes the time to reply with some info
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Not all hollies contain caffeine, or not in significant amounts. Yaupon Holly Ilex vomitoria, is the one with the most caffeine native to the US.
 
                            
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I don't recognize the species, but I'd be willing to bet the Genus is Elaeagnus. There are some that fruit in winter or early spring.

None of the hollys I know have juicy berries, but the Elaeagnus do.

Some Elaeagnus spp, are edible, some taste horrid, but as far as I know none are toxic, but don't try one until you're sure.
 
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Wow! How awesome. I looked up Elaeagnus, and found pictures. I clicked on one for a site and I think it is Elaeagnus umbellata. Thanks so much!!! I will look more into it to see if it is edible or palatible at all
 
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OOH!! I found this site! Still looking up info, but I thought this was some fun info:

http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/e/elaeagnus-umbellata=autumn-olive.php
 
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Ashely, here's a website you might find helpful: http://www.pfaf.org/user/default.aspx
 
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Vrry cool
 
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