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.
(Greek, pine torch; application not obvious). Thymelaedceae. Contains a woody plant that yields a strong fiber, and is also rarely cultivated for ornament, especially in Florida and southern California, and possibly in a few northern conservatories.
Tender deciduous shrubs: leaves opposite, often crowded at the ends of branches: flowers in terminal heads; perianth-tube cylindrical, often curved; stamens 10, in a double series, the alternate ones shorter, upper or all exserted; style exserted. The plants are prop, with difficulty by cuttings of half-ripened wood. The single cult, species has leaves resembling the smoke tree, or Cotinus, and bears long-stalked umbel-like heads of starry pink flowers, with floral parts in 5's. The genus has 2 species, 1 from S. Africa and 1 from Madagascar.
Linn. Leaves opposite and alternate, oblong or obovate, acute at both ends: involucre a half shorter than the flowers: head about 15-flowered; flowers 1/2in. across, fragrant. S. Africa B.M. 147. G.W. 8, p. 313. - Said to bloom profusely at Santa Barbara but not to produce seed. L. H. B.