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Myricaceae “The Bayberry Family”. By Jerry Warmbold. Myricaceae. 3 Genera Comptonia – the sweet ferns Myrica – the sweet gales Morella – the bayberries 50 Species. Myricacea Characteristics. Shrubs or small trees Evergreen or deciduous Often aromatic and resinous

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myricaceae
Myricaceae
  • 3 Genera
    • Comptonia– the sweet ferns
    • Myrica – the sweet gales
    • Morella – the bayberries
  • 50 Species
myricacea characteristics
Myricacea Characteristics
  • Shrubs or small trees
  • Evergreen or deciduous
  • Often aromatic and resinous
  • Catkins with bracts
  • Leaves alternate, simple or pinnatifid
  • Usually monoecious can be dioecious
  • Flowers most often imperfect having petals and sepals absent
geographical distribution of comptonia peregrina
Geographical Distribution of Comptoniaperegrina

http://plants.usda.gov/java/county?state_name=Minnesota&statefips=27&symbol=COPE80

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Comptonia+peregrina

comptonia peregrina sweet ferns
Comptoniaperegrina“Sweet Ferns”
  • Half shrub up to 4 ft tall
  • Leaves alternate, and pinnately cut
  • Pubescent trichomes
  • Leaves are aromatic when crushed
  • The fruit is in catkins composed of a cluster of bur like nutlets
  • Stipules present
  • Monoecious

http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=dl&enlarge=0000+0000+0408+1562

http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=dl&enlarge=0000+0000+0408+1557

geographical distribution of myrica gale
Geographical Distribution ofMyrica gale

http://plants.usda.gov/java/county?state_name=Minnesota&statefips=27&symbol=MYGA

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=MYGA

myrica gale sweet gale
Myrica gale “Sweet Gale”
  • 2-4 feet tall
  • Leaves alternate, obovate, entire or serrate-denticulate, more serrated at leaf apex, dotted with yellow glands
  • Water-dispersing seeds
  • Stipules absent
  • Catkins short with 2-6 bracts
  • Dioecious

http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/Myricagale.jpg

references
References
  • Walters, Dirk., Keil, David., Murrell, Zack. 2006. Vascular Plant Taxonomy . 5th ed. U.S.: Kendall/Hunt. 180. Print.
  • N.A., 2002. “Discover Life”. Web. 26 Jan 2010. http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Comptonia+peregrina
  • Bornstein, Allen. "Myricaceae." Flora of North America. Web. 26 Jan 2010. <http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=10594>.
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