P1010126Myrica cerifera
Tree/shrub/sub-shrub, Perennial
Native: L 48, PR
Blooming: late February, March, white, green

Location: N30 00.210’W084 32.740′(.4RL), N30 00.163’W084 33.459′(1.4RL), N 30 00 376’W084 33 605′(2.2RL), N30 00.465’W084 33.854′(2.6RR)
Myrica species are dioecious:  an individual plant is either male or female.   Some plants, therefore, do not bear fruit.  Seminoles made a tonic of fermented leaves for treatment of headaches, fevers, and stomach aches. Ashes of wood were placed on tongues of newlyweds to strengthen their marriages. Early settlers used wax (4 pounds of berries yield 1 pound of wax) for candles, surgeon’s soap, shaving lather and sealing wax. Used to repel fleas and cockroaches.

Larval host of red banded hair streak. Nesting site for birds.

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Bay berries, photographed November 10, 2016.

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