Family, Mezereum. Color, light yellow. Leaves, alternate, oval or inversely ovate, nearly smooth. No corolla, but a colored, tubular, funnel - shape, 4-toothed calyx. 4 long and 4 short stamens, inserted on the calyx, stand out from the flower. Fruit, a reddish berry. The numerous flowers emerge before the leaves, from a thick, scaly bud, which remains as an involucre, and later gives rise to a leafy branch. April.