Stiffish evergreen perennial, diffusely branched, 1-4 dm, the slender stems glabrous; lvs in 4's, thick, narrowly linear-oblong, 12-30 נ2-4 mm, acute, 1-nerved, minutely roughened along the margin; fls 1-3 at a node, terminating a lateral branch 1-5 mm; fr a purple-black berry 3 mm. Dry or sandy soil, especially pine-land; coastal plain from se. Va. to Tex. Summer.
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.