Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Kalmia, a North American genus of evergreen shrubs belonging to the heath tribe, named by Linnaeus after his pupil Kalm, who travelled in America. The genus contains several species, and has very beautiful chalice-shaped flowers with the stamens in small pouches. Some of them are said to yield poisonous honey, and the leaves, shoots, and berries of several species are also poisonous.