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Not Raf. 1808, nor Ell. 1817.]
Tall shrubs, or small trees, with terete twigs, alternate short-petioled, lepidote or pubescent leaves, and small mostly white flowers in terminal or axillary, usually panicled racemes or clusters. Calyx 4-5-lobed or 4-5-cleft, the lobes not imbricated, valvate. Corolla globose, or urceolate, pubescent, 4-5-toothed, the teeth recurved. Stamens 8-10, included; filaments flat, incurved, pubescent, not appendaged; anthers attached to the filaments near their bases, truncate, not awned, the sacs opening by large terminal pores. Disk 8-10-lobed. Ovary 4-5-celled; style columnar; stigma truncate; ovules numerous, pendulous, attached to the upper part of the placentae. Capsule globose or ovoid, 4-5-angled, loculicidally 4-5-valved, its apex intruded, the sutures thickened. Seeds numerous, elongated, the testa membranous, loose, reticulated. [Name unexplained.]
Vaccinium ligustrinum L. Sp. Pl. 351. 1753.
Andromeda ligustrina Muhl. Cat. 43. 1813.
Lyonia ligustrina DC. Prodr. 7: 599. 1839.
A much branched shrub, 3°-12° high, the twigs pu-berulent or glabrous. Leaves obovate, oblong, oval or ovate, deciduous, minutely serrulate or entire, acute at each end or abruptly acuminate at the apex, usually quite glabrous above, more or less pubescent, at least on the veins, or glabrous when old, 1'-3 1/2' long; racemes numerous, mostly leafless, in terminal panicles or clusters, many-flowered; bracts small, caducous; pedicels single or clustered, 1"-3" long, pubescent; calyx-lobes triangular-ovate, acute; corolla nearly globular, about 1 1/2" in diameter; capsule depressed-globose, obtusely 5-angled, about 1 1/2" in diameter.
Xolisma foliosiflòra (Michx.) Small, of the Southern States, differs in having the inflorescence leafy-bracted.