Myrica californica (Morella californica). PACIFIC WAX MYRTLE. Pacific Coast
MYRICACEAE (Sweet-gale family)

Although wax myrtle can grow in tree form, those on campus are clearly intended to be managed as broad, dense shrubs. The lanceolate leaves are finely toothed, 2 inches or more in length, glossy green above and pale below. As one approaches Littlefield Center going south on Lasuen Street seven are off to the right of the archway and one to the left. The fruits occur in clusters of ¼ -inch dark purple nuts with a waxy bloom. The nearest points where wax myrtle is native are Big Basin and the vicinity of Santa Cruz.

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Name derivation, genus | species: From myrike, the Gk name for Tamarix | of California

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