Low shrubby evergreens, resembling heaths as to leaves and general aspect. Flowers dioecious or polygamous Calyx somewhat petal-like or none. Ovary 3-9-celled, berry-like in fruit.

Synopsis Of The Genera

1. Em'petrum. Flowers scattered and solitary in the axils. Sepals 3, somewhat petal-like.

2. Core ma. Flowers in terminal heads. Calyx none.

1. Em'petrum

Tourn. Crowberry. E. ni'grum, L. (Black Crowberry.) A slender procumbent shrub with the foliage and aspect of a heath. Flowers polygamous, inconspicuous in the axils of the leaves. Calyx 3 petal-like sepals. Corolla wanting. Stamens 3. Fruit a blackberry-like drupe. - Atl. Prov. and northward.

2. Core'ma

Don. Broom-Crowberry. C. Conrad'ii, Torr. (Broom-Crowberry.) Closely resembling the preceding. Flowers dioecious or polygamous, collected in terminal heads, each in the axil of a scaly bract, having no true calyx, but with 5 or 6 thin, dry bractlets under each. Stamens 3 or 4 with slender filaments. Drupes small, juiceless when ripe. - Atl. Prov.