Taxon: Morella rubra Lour.

Genus: Morella
Family: Myricaceae
Nomen number: 402433
Place of publication: Fl. cochinch. 2:548. 1790
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 05-Sep-2000 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 14-Dec-2000
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Chinese-arbutus  (Source: Krussmann) - English
  • yama-momo  (Source: F JapanOhwi) - Japanese Rōmaji
  • yang mei  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control (fide Krussmann, as Myrica rubra)
  • Human food: fruit (fide F Males, as Myrica rubra; F ChinaEng, as Myrica rubra; Krussmann, as Myrica rubra)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Japan Honshu, Kyushu, Ryukyu Islands, Shikoku; Korea, South ; Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Malesia: Philippines


  • Krüssmann, G. Manual of cultivated broad-leaved trees and shrubs (English translation of Handbuch der Laubgehölze. 1976). 1984 (Krussmann)
  • Ohwi, J. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.). (F JapanOhwi)
  • Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  • Wilbur, R. L. 1994. The Myricaceae of the United States and Canada: genera, subgenera, and series (Sida) 16:99.
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). (F ChinaEng)


Check other web resources for Morella rubra Lour. :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Fruit: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image