Common Name: 
Leatherwood

Two species of deciduous shrubs, winter buds small and enclosed by the base of the petiole, lacking terminal buds.  Leaves simple, alternate.  Flowers perfect, lacking petals, in small axillary clusters.  Fruit a drupe, seed with a bony seed coat.  Native to North America; Dirca palustris, eastern North America and Dirca occidentalis, California.
Dirca: Greek, fountain.

Pronunciation: 
DIR-ka
Family: 
Thymelaeaceae