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Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Field Guide Overview

Dominant Flora of the Ground Cover in Pine Forests of the Apalachicola National Forest

Genus/Species Myrica cerifera Common Name Wax Myrtle
Family MYRICACEAE Acronym WAMY
Description

Shrub or small tree with leaves alternate, narrowly oblanceolate, usually apically toothed, slightly hairy, glandular dotted above and below, aromatic, leaves 3-8 cm long and 1-2 cm broad; twigs hairy; flowers Feb.-April; fruit wax coated, warty, 2-4.5 cm.