Genus of the Month


This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources for a particular genus.
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This month's genus:


Myrica sp. Photo taken by J. Forman.
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Superorder: Hamamelidae
Order: Myricales
Family: Myricaceae
Number of Species: more than 12
Root: named by Linnaeus, unsure of meaning

Species in the genus Myrica are shrubs bearing aromatic fruits. These shrubs can be good choices for native North American plantings, but a few species that have been introduced to Europe, including M. cerifera (Wax Myrtle), have naturalized. Several species in this genus are separated by some into the genus Morella.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Myrica species:


  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.

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