Shrub to 5 m; twigs glabrous or viscid-puberulent; lvs coriaceous, evergreen, oblanceolate, 3.5-8 cm, acute or obtuse, minutely mucronate, tapering to the base, puberulent along the midvein above, otherwise glabrous, entire or with a few low salient teeth usually in the upper third of the blade; fls mostly 6-8-merous, the staminate numerous in dense fascicles, the pistillate few or solitary; fr black, soft, deciduous at maturity; nutlets smooth on the back. Wet woods; se. Va. to Fla. and La. May, June. (I. lucida, misapplied)
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.