Myrica cerifera L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 1024 (1753)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is New Jersey to Central America, Caribbean. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the subtropical biome. It is used as a medicine and for food.

Descriptions

Distribution
Biogeografic region: Caribbean. Elevation range: 300–310 m a.s.l. Native to Colombia. Colombian departments: San Andrés y Providencia.
Habit
Shrub, Small tree.
[UPFC]

Myricaceae, R.M. Polhill, B.A., Ph.d., F.L.S. & B. Verdcourt, B.Sc., Ph.D. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2000

Morphology General Habit
A much-branched shrub or small tree 4.5–7.5 m tall with nodular stems.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ± oblanceolate, 7.5–10(–13) cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Catkins of flowers dense and hairy (1–)3–3.5 cm long and 0.6–1 cm wide in female, (1–)2.5–3 cm long, 2–6 mm wide in male, yellow.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits reddish yellow, densely covered in white wax.
Distribution
A native of North America which fruits freely and regenerates;
[FTEA]

Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. http://catalogoplantasdecolombia.unal.edu.co

Distribution
Nativa en Colombia; Alt. 300 - 310 m.; Islas Caribeñas.
Morphology General Habit
Arbusto, arbolito
Conservation
No Evaluada
[CPLC]

Uses

Use Food
Used for food.
Use Materials
Used as material.
Use Medicines
Medical uses.
[UPFC]

Common Names

English
Wax Myrtle

Sources

  • Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia

    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Living Collection Database

    • Common Names from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Living Collection https://www.kew.org/
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Science Photographs

    • Copyright applied to individual images
  • Neotropikey

    • Milliken, W., Klitgard, B. and Baracat, A. (2009 onwards), Neotropikey - Interactive key and information resources for flowering plants of the Neotropics.
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia

    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0