Jepson eFlora: Taxon page
Key to families | Table of families and genera
Previous taxon Index to accepted names and synonyms:
| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |
Next taxon
Morella californica

Higher Taxonomy
Family: MyricaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

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: MorellaView Description 

Habit: Shrub, small tree. Leaf: +- spicy-scented; blade unlobed, +- serrate, especially in upper 1/2. Staminate Flower: stamens generally 6--12(22).
Species In Genus: +- 40 species: Africa, eastern Asia, Philippines, Malaysia, North America, South America, temperate, subtropics.

Morella californica (Cham. & Schltdl.) Wilbur
Habit: Plant 2--10 m. Leaf: generally +- narrowly lance-elliptic; tip generally sharply acute. Staminate Flower: stamens 7--16. Fruit: few per pistillate inflorescence, 4--6.5(8) mm diam.
Ecology: Coastal dunes and scrub, closed-cone pine, redwood forest; Elevation: < 150 m near coast, < 500+ m inland. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, w KR, NCoRO, CCo, w SnFrB, SCo; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia. Flowering Time: Mar--Apr
Synonyms: Myrica californica Cham. & Schltdl.
eFlora Treatment Author: Allan J. Bornstein
Jepson Online Interchange

Previous taxon: Morella
Next taxon: Myrica

Name Search
botanical illustration including Morella californica


Citation for this treatment: Allan J. Bornstein 2016. Morella californica, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Morella californica
click for enlargement
© 2008 Neal Kramer
Morella californica
click for enlargement
© 2008 Keir Morse
Morella californica
click for enlargement
© 2008 Neal Kramer
Morella californica
click for enlargement
© 2008 Keir Morse
Morella californica
click for enlargement
© 2007 California Academy of Sciences

More photos of Morella californica in CalPhotos

Geographic subdivisions for Morella californica:
NCo, w KR, NCoRO, CCo, w SnFrB, SCo;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. If the markers are obscured, reload the page [or change window size and reload]. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues.
map of distribution 1
(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

View elevation by latitude chart
Data provided by the participants of the Consortium of California Herbaria.
View all CCH records

CCH collections by month

Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
Species do not include records of infraspecific taxa.
Blue line denotes eFlora flowering time.