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Taxon: Morella pensylvanica (Mirb.) Kartesz

Genus: Morella
Family: Myricaceae
Nomen number: 419850
Place of publication: Synthesis N. Amer. Fl., vers. 1[2]. 1999
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 03-Apr-2006 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 16 (16 active, 5 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

  • bayberry  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • candle-berry  (Source: F Canada) - English
  • candletree  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • candlewood  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • northern bayberry  (Source: Trees US) - English
  • small waxberry  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • swamp candleberry  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • tallow bayberry  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • tallowshrub  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • tallowtree  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • waxberry  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • arbre à cire  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • myrica cirier  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • myrique de Pennsylvanie  (Source: F NAmer) - French
  • árbol de la cera  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • amerikansk pors  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control (as Myrica pensylvanica)
  • Materials:
  • Medicines: folklore

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • EASTERN CANADA: Canada, [Québec (e.), Nova Scotia, Ontario (Norfolk Co.), Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador (s.)] St. Pierre and Miquelon
    • NORTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Connecticut, Maine (s.), Massachusetts (e.), New Hampshire (s.e.), New Jersey, New York (s.e.), Ohio (n.e.), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island]
    • SOUTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina (n.e.)]


  1. FNA Editorial Committee. 1993-. Flora of North America. Note: = Myrica pensylvanica
  2. Krüssmann, G. 1984. Manual of cultivated broad-leaved trees and shrubs (English translation of Handbuch der Laubgehölze. 1976)
  3. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third. Note: = Myrica pensylvanica
  4. Little, E. L., Jr. 1979. Checklist of United States trees, Agric. Handb. 541 Note: = Myrica pensylvanica
  5. McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker. 2000. Herbs of commerce, ed. 2 American Herbal Products Association, Silver Spring, Maryland.
  6. Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants Note: = Myrica pensylvanica
  7. Scoggan, H. J. 1978-1979. The flora of Canada, 4 vol. Note: = Myrica pensylvanica

Check other web resources for Morella pensylvanica (Mirb.) Kartesz :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • 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.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=419850. Accessed 25 May 2020.