This section is from the book "An Illustrated Flora Of The Northern United States, Canada And The British Possessions Vol1", by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown. Also available from Amazon: An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 Volume Set..
Characters of the family. [In honor of Dr. E. F. Leitner, a German naturalist, killed in Florida during the Seminole war.]
Leitneria floridana Chapm. Fl. S. States, 428. 1860.
A shrub or small tree, attaining a maximum height of about 200 and a trunk diameter of 5', the bark gray and rather smooth, the young twigs, leaves and aments densely pubescent. Leaves oblong or elliptic-lanceolate, acute, obtuse or cuspidate at the apex, narrowed at the base, bright green, firm, 3'-6' long, 1'-3' wide, when mature, glabrous or nearly so above, finely pubescent, at least on the veins, and rugose-reticulated beneath; petioles 9"-15" long; staminate aments many-flowered, ascending, 1'-2' long, their bracts triangular-ovate, acute, tomentose; pistillate aments shorter, few-flowered; drupe slightly compressed, about 10" long, 3"-4" thick, rugose-reticulated.