Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Myrica inodora W. Bartram
- Family: Myrtle (Myricaceae)
- Flowering: March-April
- Field Marks: This is the only bayberry that does not have aromatic leaves when crushed, lacks
teeth along the margins of the leaves, and is dotted on both the upper and lower surfaces.
- Habitat: Swamps, along streams, bayheads, bogs, flatwoods, cypress ponds.
- Habit: Shrub or small tree up to 20 feet tall.
- Stems: Slender, rusty and scaly when young, becoming gray and smooth at maturity.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, evergreen, leathery, not aromatic, oblanceolate to elliptic to obovate,
rounded at the tip, tapering to the base, without teeth, revolute, smooth but dotted on both
surfaces, up to 3 1/2 inches long, up to 1 1/2 inches wide.
- Flowers: Male and female flowers borne separately on separate plants, crowded in rounded
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 2-20.
- Pistils: Ovary superior; stigmas 2.
- Fruits: Drupes oblongoid to ovoid, up to 1/3 inch in diameter, warty, dark brown to black,
sometimes with a sparse white wax between the warts.
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