|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Epigaea(Greek, epi, upon, gaia, earth; in reference to the trailing growth). Ericaceae. Evergreen spring- blooming plants, herbaceous in appearance but with woody creeping stems, sometimes planted.
Leaves alternate, petiolate, entire, leathery: fls. usually dioecious, sometimes perfect, in short terminal or pseudo-axillary spikes, each in the axil of a green bract and with 2 green bractlets; sepals 5, green; corolla pink or white, salver-shaped, with 5 lobes; stamens 10, attached to the base of the corolla-tube, the 2-celled anthers dehiscing by slits not, as is usual in the Ericaceae, by pores; style columnar; stigma 5-lobed; ovary densely hairy, 5-celled, with many ovules: fr. depressed- globose, fleshy, dehiscent along the partitions, the many minute seeds set on the surface of the white succulent placentae.—Two species, N. E. Amer. and Japan.
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- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963