Low shrubs, the foliage hirsute, the leaves small, alternate. Flowers mostly solitary in the axils of leaf-like bracts, slender-pedicelled pink or purple. Calyx-segments 5, foliaceous, hirsute or ciliate, deciduous. Corolla saucer-shaped, acutely 5-lobed, with 10 pouches below the limb. Stamens 10. [Diminutive of Kalmia.]

Three species, the following typical, the others Cuban.

1. Kalmiella Hirsůta (Walt.) Small. Hairy Laurel

Fig. 3232

Kalmia hirsuta Walt. Fl. Car. 138. 1788. Kalmiella hirsuta Small, Fl. SE. U. S. 886. 1903.

A branching shrub, 1°-2° high, the branches ascending, hirsute. Leaves oblong or oblong-lanceolate, very nearly sessile, flat, or the margins slightly revolute, villous-hirsute, acute or obtusish, becoming glabrate in age, dark green above, lighter beneath, 3"-6" long; flowers solitary, or rarely 2-3 together in the axils, rose-purple, 5"-9" broad; pedicels very slender, nearly or quite glabrous; calyx-segments ovate-lanceolate, acute, or lanceolate, longer than the capsule; capsule depressed, about 1 1/2" in diameter, glabrous.

In moist pine-barrens, eastern Virginia to Florida. May-Aug.

1 Kalmiella Hirs Ta Walt Small Hairy Laurel 1574