Myrica inodora

W. Bartram

Travels Carolina, 403. 1791.

Common names: Odorless bayberry odorless wax-myrtle waxberry candleberry waxtree
Synonyms: Cerothamnus inodorus (W. Bartram) Small Morella inodora (W. Bartram) Small Myrica laureola C. de Candolle Myrica obovata C. de Candolle
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.

Shrubs or small trees, evergreen, to 7 m. Branchlets reddish brown and gland-dotted when young, glands colorless to white. Leaf blade lacking odor when crushed, oblong-obovate to elliptic, 3.5-10.5(-11.8) × 1.4-3.7(-4.4) cm, leathery, base attenuate to cuneate, margins entire, rarely serrate distally, slightly revolute, apex acute to rounded; surfaces abaxially pale green, glabrous, sometimes with a few scattered hairs, adaxially dark green, shiny, glabrous, both surfaces gland-dotted, pitted; glands minute, colorless or white. Inflorescences: staminate 0.7-2.2 cm; pistillate 0.4-4(-5) cm. Flowers unisexual, staminate and pistillate on same plants. Staminate flowers: bract of flower shorter than staminal column, margins opaque, densely ciliate; stamens mostly 6-10, as few as 3 in more distal flowers. Pistillate flowers: bracteoles persistent, 4, obscure in fruit, not accrescent or adnate to fruit wall, glabrous except for ciliate margins; ovary densely villous. Fruits globose-ellipsoid, 4-8 mm; fruit wall densely pubescent, obscured by enlarged, glandular protuberances and thin (usually) coat of white-gray wax.

Phenology: Flowering late winter–early spring, fruiting mid summer.
Habitat: Coastal pineland swamps, swamp margins, bogs, pond edges, and stream banks
Elevation: 0-10 m


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Ala., Fla., Ga., La., Miss.


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Lower Taxa

... more about "Myrica inodora"
Allan J. Bornstein +
W. Bartram +
Odorless bayberry +, odorless wax-myrtle +, waxberry +, candleberry +  and waxtree +
Ala. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, La. +  and Miss. +
0-10 m +
Coastal pineland swamps, swamp margins, bogs, pond edges, and stream banks +
Flowering late winter–early spring, fruiting mid summer. +
Travels Carolina, +
Cerothamnus inodorus +, Morella inodora +, Myrica laureola +  and Myrica obovata +
Myrica inodora +
species +