Sp. Pl.1: 358. 1753
Gen. Pl. ed.5, 167. 1754
Common names: Leatherwood
Etymology: Greek mythological Dirce, wife of Lycus who was transformed by Dionysus into a fountain
Found in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 381. Mentioned on page 383.
Shrubs, deciduous, to 3 m. Stems erect, branched, appearing jointed, woody, sericeous or or (3–)4-lobed; petals (absent in D. palustris), included, minute, forming ring at base of staminal filaments; stamens 8, exserted, inserted within calyx; style exserted, elongate; stigma punctiform. Fruits drupaceous, yellow, yellow-green, or green, fleshy, oil-rich, hypanthium not persistent.
North America, ne Mexico.
Species 4 (3 in the flora).
Dirca mexicana G. L. Nesom & Mayfield is known from Tamaulipas, Mexico.
|1||Inflorescences pedunculate, flowers pedicellate; calyx unlobed or 4–5-lobed, margins shallowly crenate, erose, or undulate; bracts brown- to tan-pubescent; leaf blades usually glabrous, rarely with persistent indument.||Dirca palustris|
|1||Inflorescence epedunculate, flowers sessile or subsessile; calyx (3–)4-lobed, margins entire or erose; bracts white-tan tomentose; leaf blades hairy||> 2|
|2||Pedicels glabrous; apex of ovary and fruit glabrous; leaf margins with 6–9 cilia per mm.||Dirca occidentalis|
|2||Pedicels sericeous; apex of ovary and fruit with trichomes; leaf margins with 11–18 cilia per mm.||Dirca decipiens|
Facts about "Dirca"
|Author||Aaron Floden + and Lorin I. Nevling Jr. +|
|Common name||Leatherwood +|
|Etymology||Greek mythological Dirce, wife of Lycus who was transformed by Dionysus into a fountain +|
|Illustrator||Linny Heagy +|
|Reference||peterson2009a +, schrader2004a +, schrader2005a + and vogelman1953a +|
|Taxon name||Dirca +|
|Taxon parent||Thymelaeaceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 6 +|