Myrica inodora

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Myrica inodora
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fagales
Family: Myricaceae
Genus: Myrica
Species: M. inodora
Binomial name
Myrica inodora
W. Bartram
Synonyms[1][2]
  • Cerothamnus inodorus (W. Bartram) Small
  • Morella inodora (W. Bartram) Small
  • Myrica laureola C. DC.
  • Myrica obovata C. DC.

Myrica inodora is a plant species native to the coastal plains on the northern shore of the Gulf of Mexico, in the Florida Panhandle, the extreme southern parts of Alabama and Mississippi, eastern Louisiana and southwestern Georgia. Common names include scentless bayberry,[3] odorless bayberry, odorless wax-myrtle, waxberry, candleberry, and waxtree. It grows in swamps, bogs, pond edges and stream banks. [4]

Myrica inodora is an evergreen, monoecious shrub or small tree up to 7 m (23 feet) tall. Leaves are ovate to elliptic, up to 12 cm (5 inches) long, lacking the odor characteristic of other members of the genus. Fruits are spherical or nearly so, up to 8 mm (0.3 inches) in diameter, covered with whitish wax and glandular hairs.[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tropicos
  2. ^ The Plant List
  3. ^ "Morella inodora". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Flora of North America v 3
  5. ^ Bartram, William. Travels Through North and South Carolina 403–404. 1791.
  6. ^ Godfrey, R. K. & J. W. Wooten. 1981. Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Southeastern United States Dicotyledons 1–944. University of Georgia Press, Athens.
  7. ^ Alabama Plant Atlas, University of West Alabama.