Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Fagales

Myricaceae - Waxberry family

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002) Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa

Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2006) Myricaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs, monoecious or dioecious. Stipules 0 (in our species). Leaves alternate, simple, dotted with resinous, aromatic glands. Flowers in dense axillary spikes, forming catkins, unisexual, subtended by a bract. Perianth 0. Male flowers with 2-10(-20) stamens. Female flowers with sessile 1-locular ovary. Stigmas 2, filiform. Fruit an achene or drupe.

Worldwide: 3 genera and 55 species, ± cosmopolitan (not in the Mediterranean area or Australia).

Caprivi: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Myrica L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Myricaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Myricaceae
Flora of Malawi: Myricaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Myricaceae
Flora of Zambia: Myricaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Myricaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Family page: Myricaceae.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=145, retrieved 13 June 2024

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