This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
Rubiacese. Snowberry (which the name means in Greek). Shrubs, mostly climbing or trailing, of tropical Amer. (a half-dozen or so species), and 3 in extreme S. Fla. Flowers in axillary panicles, the corolla funnelform and 5-parted; stamens 5, inserted on the base of the corolla, the filaments cohering at base; style filiform, the stigma club-shaped; ovary 2-3-loculed, becoming a small globular 2-seeded drupe. C. racemosa, Linn., of the Fla. Keys and S., is sometimes cult, in hothouses for its panicles of yellowish white flowers and the white fruits: Ivs. ovate to lanceolate, thick and shining, entire: drupes 1/4in. diam.: twining, glabrous. C. anguifuga, Mart. (C. brachiata, Ruiz & Pav.), of S. Amer., the root affording a native snakebite remedy, has appeared in cult, (under the name variety acutifolia): woody, with erect branches: Ivs. ovate, 3 in. or less long, sharp-acuminate: flowers 1/4in. long with recurved lobes, in axillary panicles shorter than the Ivs. - In S. Fla. or on the Keys, 2 other species occur, but they apparently are not in cultivation: C. alba, Hitchcock. Large, erect or reclining: Ivs. elliptic to ovate: flowers white, often becoming yellow. C. pinetorum, Brit. Small, trailing: Ivs. mostly elliptic to oblong: corolla always white.
L. H. B.