Consists of the following genus:

1. Itea L. Sp. Pl. 199. 1753

Shrubs or small trees, with simple alternate petioled deciduous leaves, no stipules, and small white flowers in terminal narrow racemes. Calyx-tube obconic or campanulate, 5-lobed, its base adnate to the ovary. Petals 5, linear, their apices inflexed. Stamens 5, inserted on the disk. Ovary 2-celled; style slender; stigma 2-grooved in our species; ovules few or numerous. Capsule oblong or narrowly conic, 2-valved, several-many-seeded. Seeds narrow, flattish, the testa produced at each end. [Greek for willow, which its leaves somewhat resemble.]

About 5 species, natives of the eastern United States and Asia. The following typical species is the only one known to occur in North America.

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1. Itea Virginica L. Itea. Virginia Willow

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Itea virginica L. Sp. Pl. 199. 1753.

A shrub 4°-10° high, the twigs and inflorescence finely pubescent. Leaves short-petioled, narrowly oval, oblanceolate or rarely obovate, 1'-3' long, acute or acuminate at the apex, narrowed at the base, sharply serrulate, glabrous, or with a few hairs along the veins beneath; racemes terminal, dense, 2'-6' long; flowers short-pedicelled; petals linear, erect or slightly spreading, about 2 1/2" long; capsule 2-grooved, 2"-3" long, pubescent, narrow, tipped with the persistent at length 2-parted style.

In wet places, pine barrens of New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania to Florida, west to western North Carolina, Missouri and Louisiana. May-June.