nSymphoricarposdeciduous shrubs of North America and Central America and China
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
nsymphoricarposA genus of gamopetalous shrubs, of the order Caprifoliaceæ and tribe Lonicereæ. It is characterized by flowers with a cup-shaped and four- or five-toothed calyx, a funnel-or bell-shaped corolla bearing as many lobes and epipetalous stamens, and an ovary of four cells, two with a few imperfect ovules, the others each with the ovule solitary, perfect, and pendulous. The 8 or 9 species are natives of the United States, Canada, and the mountains of Mexico. They are mainly western; one, S. occidentalis, extends north to latitude 64°. They are smooth or hairy shrubs with slender four-angled branchlets and scaly buds, producing opposite ovate leaves which are entire or obtusely toothed on young plants. The small white or red flowers are arranged in short axillary spikes or in racemes, and are followed by fleshy white or red berries, each with four cells but only two seeds. In several species the corolla is remarkably filled with close white hairs. For the three eastern species, see coral-berry, snowberry, and wolf berry; the first is also known as Indian currant, and a general name is St.-Peter's-wort.