Deciduous woody climbers. Twigs terete, slender; pith relatively large, continuous, white. Buds small, hairy. Leaf-scars alternate, elliptical; bundle-traces 3 or multiple; stipule-scars lacking. Drupe red, the stone crescent-shaped, with cross-ridges.

1. C. carolinus (L.) DC. Coralbeads. Twining to 4 m; branch-lets pubescent; drupe 6-8 mm. long. Rich woods, Florida to Texas, north to Virginia, Kentucky, and Kansas.