This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol4", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
A native evergreen plant with flattened leaflike branches or cladodes (see Vol. I, p. 41) that bear the small greenish-white flowers, which in the female plants are followed by bright-red (or rarely yellow) berries. R. Hypoglossum grows up to 18 in. high; and R. racemosas (Dancea Laurus), the Alexandrian Laurel, is a fine Portuguese evergreen, 3-4 ft. high, with glossy dark-green "foliage". These plants grow well beneath tall deciduous trees and in shrubberies in any garden soil, and are increased by layers, suckers, or seeds. Artificially dyed sprays are used in floral work.