1874.000 Myrica L.


Description of the genus

Mostly aromatic evergreen or deciduous shrubs or small trees with terminal buds. Leaves entire or coarsely toothed. Bracts subtending several ovaries or solitary, simple and 1-flowered; bracteoles present, often forming a small cup around the base of the ovary; ovary usually covered with persistent wax-secreting papillae. Fruit drupaceous.

Derivation of name: From the Greek: myrike, meaning fragrance.

Worldwide: About 25 species in tropical and southern Africa and Madagascar.

Malawi: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
pilulifera RendleSDescription, Image
salicifolia Hochst. ex A.Rich. subsp. kilimandscharica Engl.N,C,SDescription, Image
serrata Lam.N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Myrica:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Myrica
Flora of Caprivi: Myrica
Flora of Mozambique: Myrica
Flora of Zambia: Myrica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Myrica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Myrica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Myrica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Myrica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Myrica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Myrica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Myrica
JSTOR Plant Science: Myrica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Myrica
Plants of the World Online: Myrica
Tropicos: Myrica
Wikipedia: Myrica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Myrica.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=462, retrieved 2 October 2023

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