Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 7 taxa in the family Myricaceae, Bayberry family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Sweet-fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY: Myricaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Comptonia peregrina   FAMILY: Myricaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Comptonia peregrina 052-01-001   FAMILY: Myricaceae

 

Look for it in dry open woods and barrens, in the mountains on xeric ridges at low to medium elevations, usually in fire-maintained habitats, also in xeric and fire-maintained habitats on monadnocks in the upper Piedmont and in dry, sandy sites in the lower Piedmont and fall-line sandhills

Common in NC Mountains, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Sweet-gale
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Myrica gale   FAMILY: Myricaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Myrica gale   FAMILY: Myricaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Gale palustris 052-02-001   FAMILY: Myricaceae

 

Look for it in peaty bogs

Rare

Native to North Carolina

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Common Wax-myrtle, Southern Bayberry
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Morella cerifera   FAMILY: Myricaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Morella cerifera   FAMILY: Myricaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Myrica cerifera var. cerifera 052-03-001a   FAMILY: Myricaceae

 

Look for it in interdune swales (where often dominant), pocosins, brackish marshes, other wet to moist habitats, now also widely planted (including in the Piedmont) as an ornamental or landscaping shrub and preistent or naturalizing in suburban woodlands

Common in Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere, where mostly introduced)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Dwarf Wax-myrtle, Dwarf Bayberry
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Morella pumila   FAMILY: Myricaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Morella cerifera   FAMILY: Myricaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Myrica cerifera var. pumila 052-03-001b   FAMILY: Myricaceae

 

Look for it in savannas, pine flatwoods, relatively moist to extremely dry sites in sandhills (under Quercus laevis and Q. geminata)

Common, endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Northern Bayberry
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Morella pensylvanica   FAMILY: Myricaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Morella pensylvanica   FAMILY: Myricaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Myrica pensylvanica 052-03-002   FAMILY: Myricaceae

 

Look for it on dunes, sometimes even on the foredune and stoloniferously colonizing the upper beach, more typically behind the foredune on secondary dunes and sandy flats, often growing intermixed with Morella cerifera, but able to occupy drier sites higher on the dunes

Uncommon in NC

Native to North Carolina

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Pocossin Bayberry, Evergreen Bayberry, Swamp Candleberry, Southern Bayberry
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Morella caroliniensis   FAMILY: Myricaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Morella caroliniensis   FAMILY: Myricaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Myrica heterophylla 052-03-003   FAMILY: Myricaceae

 

Look for it in pocosins, wet savannas and pine flatwoods, sandhill seepage bogs, and other peaty or sandy-peaty wetlands

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Scentless Bayberry, Odorless Bayberry
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Morella inodora   FAMILY: Myricaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Morella inodora   FAMILY: Myricaceae

 

Look for it in acid wetlands, esp in wooded, acid, streamhead "bogs" and bayheads

Rare in GA

Native to Georgia

 


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