Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


961

Shrub, Tree
Perennial
Dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

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

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, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen (usually)
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Sepals absent
Petals absent
Superior ovary
Flowers in catkins

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Waxy gray
Drupe-like

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Morella cerifera   FAMILY Myricaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Morella cerifera   FAMILY Myricaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 052-03-001a:
Myrica cerifera var. cerifera   FAMILY Myricaceae

LESS THAN Flora of North America
Myrica cerifera

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Wax Myrtle, Southern Bayberry