The Myricaceae is a small family of dicotyledonous shrubs and small trees in the order Fagales. There are three genera in the family, although some botanists separate many species from Myrica into a fourth genus Morella. About 35 species are usually accepted in Myrica, one in Canacomyrica and one in Comptonia.
Well-known members of this family include bayberry and sweetfern.
The Family Myricaceae is further organized into finer groupings including:
- Subfamily (2): Canacomyricoideae · Myricoideae
- Genus (9): Angeia · Canacomyrica · Cerothamnus · Comptonia · Faya · Fayana · Gale · Morella · Myrica
- Species: ZipcodeZoo has pages for 301 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in the Family Myricaceae.
Canacomyrica is a monotypic genus of flowering plants in the family Myricaceae, native to New Caledonia. The sole species is Canacomyrica monticola, an endangered tree or small shrub, endemic to ultramafic serpentine soils. [more]
Comptonia is a monotypic genus (containing only Comptonia peregrina) in the family Myricaceae, order Fagales. It is native to eastern North America, from southern Quebec south to the extreme north of Georgia, and west to Minnesota. The common name is Sweetfern or Sweet-fern, a confusing name as it is not a fern. [more]
Myrica () is a genus of about 35?50 species of small trees and shrubs in the family Myricaceae, order Fagales. The genus has a wide distribution, including Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America, and missing only from Australasia. Some botanists split the genus into two genera on the basis of the catkin and fruit structure, restricting Myrica to a few species, and treating the others in Morella. [more]
At least 197 species and subspecies belong to the Genus Myrica.
More info about the Genus Myrica may be found here.
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