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Plant Details

Morella pumila [= Myrica cerifera var. pumila]

Dwarf Wax-myrtle, Dwarf Bayberry

Scientific Name:

Morella pumila [= Myrica cerifera var. pumila]

Common Name:

Dwarf Wax-myrtle, Dwarf Bayberry

Plant Family

Myricaceae (Bayberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Shrub

Size in Feet:

under 3'

Bloom Time:

April

Bloom Area:

Coast

Habitat Description:

Savannas, pine flatwoods, relatively moist to extremely dry sites in sandhills (under Quercus laevis and Q. geminata). A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Coastal Plain. Uncommon in Sandhills and sometimes an escape from cultivation there (Sorrie 2011).

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

There is some disagreement that M. pumila is a separate species from M. cerifera but Weakley's Flora (2011 draft) gives M. pumila species status.

Dwarf Wax-myrtle patch

Here it grows as a low, stoloniferous shrub at Carolina Beach State Park.

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Paynter, 2011

Leaves

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Buds

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