SOUTHERN BAYBERRY; WAX MYRTLE (Myrica cerifera)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SOUTHERN BAYBERRY; WAX MYRTLE (Myrica cerifera)

This photo is of a male.

This shrub is a Dioecious plant, meaning that male and female reproductive structures are found on different plants, so you need at least two (one of each type) to have fruit production. This is one of the more beneficial plants to wildlife. The berries feed numerous species including bobwhites and wild turkey. It is a host plant for countless moth caterpillars. Cover and nesting site for many species as well. A.K.A. Morella cerifera

Learn: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/myrcer/all.html

Learn more: http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/wax_myrtle.pdf

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3942

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Morella+cerifera

following photo is of a female

###

Advertisements
4 comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: