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Myrica hartwegii
SIERRA SWEET BAY

Higher Taxonomy
Family: MyricaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: WAX MYRTLE FAMILY
Habit: Shrub, small tree, generally aromatic, evergreen or deciduous; generally monoecious or dioecious; roots generally with nitrogen-fixing bacteria; hairs generally both nonglandular, thread-like and glandular, peltate. Leaf: simple, alternate, entire to pinnately lobed, resin-dotted; stipules generally 0. Inflorescence: spike, catkin-like, axillary; staminate, pistillate separate. Flower: generally unisexual, small; perianth generally 0. Staminate Flower: subtended by 1 bract, 0 [1--4] bractlets. Pistillate Flower: subtended by 1 bract, 2 or 4--6[3(8)] bractlets; ovary superior [to +- inferior], ovule 1, style 1, stigmas 2, short. Fruit: generally drupe or nut-like, small, rough or smooth, waxy or not, sometimes winged or bur-like from fused bractlets.
Genera In Family: 4 genera, +- 45 species: generally temperate, subtropics fruit of some Morella boiled to make fragrant wax. Note: Myrica as treated in TJM (1993) split into 2 genera based on Wilbur 1994 Sida 16:93--107.
Unabridged Note: Comptonia of eastern North America, Canacomyrica of New Caledonia each have 1 sp.; Myrica has 2 species
eFlora Treatment Author: Allan J. Bornstein
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: MyricaView Description 

Habit: Shrub. Leaf: aromatic; blade unlobed, +- serrate, especially in upper 1/2. Staminate Flower: stamens generally 3--5.
Species In Genus: 2 species in North America, Eurasia, temperate. Etymology: (Greek: old name for fragrant shrub) Note: Myrica californica moved to Morella.
Unabridged Note: Myrica gale L. circumboreal.

Myrica hartwegii S. Watson
NATIVE
Habit: Plant 1--2 m. Leaf: generally +- widely oblanceolate; tip generally obtuse to rounded. Staminate Flower: stamens 3--6. Fruit: many per pistillate inflorescence, generally 1.5--2.5 mm diam.
Ecology: Streambanks, moist places in foothills or low montane yellow-pine forest; Elevation: 300--1800 m. Bioregional Distribution: n&c SN; Distribution Outside California: Oregon. Flowering Time: May--Jun
eFlora Treatment Author: Allan J. Bornstein
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Citation for this treatment: Allan J. Bornstein 2016. Myrica hartwegii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=34253, accessed on May 04, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 04, 2016.


Myrica hartwegii
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Myrica hartwegii
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Myrica hartwegii
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Myrica hartwegii
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