Morella cerifera (Linnaeus) Small. Common Wax-myrtle, Southern Bayberry. Phen: Apr; Aug-Oct. Hab: Interdune swales (where often dominant), pocosins, brackish marshes, other wet to moist habitats, now also widely planted (including in the Piedmont) as an ornamental or landscaping shrub and persistent or naturalizing in suburban woodlands. Dist: As a native, widespread in the Coastal Plain of Southeastern United States: NJ south to FL and west to TX; Bahamas; West Indies; Mexico and Central America.
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Syn: = K3, K4, Va, Weakley & Poindexter (2023) in Weakley et al. (2023, in press); = Cerothamnus ceriferus (L.) Small – S; = Myrica cerifera L. – F, G, NcTx, Tx; = Myrica cerifera L. var. cerifera – RAB, Elias (1971b); < Morella cerifera (L.) Small – Il, K1, Mex, Herbert (2005), Wilbur (1994); < Myrica cerifera L. – Ar, C, Fl2, FNA3, GW2, WH3