Leucbthoe racemosa - Family, Heath. Color, white. Leaves, lance-shape to oblong, acute, short-petioled, minutely toothed. Calyx, of 5 nearly separate sepals, attended by white, scaly bracts underneath. Corolla, united into a tube below, 5 - toothed. Stamens, with awned anthers. Fruit, a 5-celled capsule. Flowers, nearly sessile, in close, 1-sided racemes terminating the branches, a few in the axils. May and June.
This and the two following species are found from Virginia southward.
L. Catesbaei has pointed, serrulate, ovate-lanceolate leaves, with small, white flowers in racemes. About 3 feet high, with spreading, often recurved branches. The flowers have the odor of chestnut blossoms. May.
L. recurva is a low, straggling bush found on dry hills of the Alleghanies. Flowers and leaves similar to the last. The species may further be distinguished by the anthers and stigmas. In this and L. racemosa the anthers are awned and the stigma is simple. In the other two the stigma has 5 rays. These differences may be seen under the microscope.