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Myrica  A.K.A. (Wax Myrtle)

Myrica (pronounced /mɪˈraɪkə/)[1] 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. [2]

Common names include Bayberry, Bay-rum tree, Candleberry, Sweet Gale, and Wax-
myrtle.

The wax coating on the fruit of several species, known as Bayberry wax, has been used
traditionally to make candles. The foliage of Myrica gale is a traditional insect repellant,
used by campers to keep biting insects out of tents. Several species are also grown as
ornamental plants in gardens. The fruit of Myrica rubra is an economically important
crop in China. Myrica is used to spice beer and snaps in Denmark. In a famous novel, the
Swiss Family Robinson used them to make candles.
Dwarf Wax Myrtle