This section is from the book "Harper's Guide To Wild Flowers", by Caroline A. Creevey. Also available from Amazon: Harper's Guide To Wild Flowers.
Leaves, small, finely crenate, oval, evergreen, pale green beneath. Staminate flowers with short peduncles, pistillate sessile. Berries, small, round, red. May.
The leaves make a tea for people living along the coast, and the Indians of North Carolina formerly made a "black drink " of them. Virginia to Florida and westward,
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