Subshrubs or shrubs, (aromatic). Stems erect, (branches ascending); old twigs rough with persistent leaf bases, young twigs hairy. Leaves persistent, opposite or whorled; petiole present; blade coriaceous, margins entire. Inflorescences terminal capitula (on current year’s growth), 3-7[-9]-flowered; perulae absent. Flowers unisexual (dioecious), radially symmetric; sepals 4-5, distinct; petals absent [3-4, distinct]; stamens [2-]3-4, exserted; anthers without awns, longitudinally dehiscent; ovary 3-5-locular; style exserted; stigma linear. Fruits drupaceous, [white to pink] (gray), globose, dry [fleshy]. Seeds (pyrenes) 3-5, planoconvex, not winged, not tailed; testa smooth. x = 13.
"Dioecious; sep 3–4; pet none; stamens 2; ovary 2–5-locular; style slender, with divergent, subulate stigmas, deciduous; drupe globose, dry, usually 3-seeded; bushy shrubs with numerous crowded, alternate or often subverticillate lvs and small, sessile, terminal heads of purplish fls. 2, the other in Iberia and the Azores."
SELECTED REFERENCES Brown, S. 1913. Corema conradii. Bartonia 6: 1-7. Dunwoodie, P. W. 1990. Rare plants in coastal heathlands: Observations on Corema conradii (Empetraceae) and Helianthemum dumosum (Cistaceae). Rhodora 92: 22-26. Martine, C. T., D. Lubertazi, and A. DuBrul. 2005. The biology of Corema conradii: Natural history, reproduction, and observations of a post-fire seedling recruitment. N. E. Naturalist 12: 267-286.
|Broom crowberry, corème [Greek, korema, broom, alluding to growth form]|