Leatherwood—Dirca palustris

DIRCA (Greek, from dirke, a fountain; referring to the plant as growing in moist places). Thymeladcea. Two species of North American shrubs, with tough, fibrous bark, alternate, thin, short, entire, petiolate, deciduous lvs., apetalous perfect fls. in peduncled fascicles of the previous season's growth.

paluatris, Linn. LEATHERWOOD, MOOSEWOOD.  A shrub, 2-6 ft. high, with numerous branches having scars which make them appear as if jointed, at the beginning of each annual growth, and with yellow
brown glabrous twigs.