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  1. Family: Myricaceae Rich. ex Kunth
    1. Genus: Myrica L.
      1. Myrica parvifolia Benth.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. South America to NW. Venezuela. It is has social uses, as animal food and an ornamental plant, as a sacred spiritual plant and for erosion control.

    [UPB]

    The Useful Plants of Boyacá project

    Ecology
    Alt. 1600 - 3800 m.
    Distribution
    Native from Colombia.
    Conservation
    Not Evaluated.
    Habit
    Shrub.
    [CPLC]

    Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. http://catalogoplantasdecolombia.unal.edu.co

    Distribution
    Nativa en Colombia; Alt. 1600 - 3800 m.; Andes.
    Habit
    Arbusto, arbolito, árbol
    Conservation
    No Evaluada
    [UPB]
    Animal Food
    Infructescences - Eaten by birds (Florez-Cárdenas et al. 2010).
    Erosion Control
    Live plant (in situ) - Erosion control (Florez-Cárdenas et al. 2010).
    Ornamentals
    Live plant (in situ) - Grown in gardens and parks (Florez-Cárdenas et al. 2010).
    Materials
    Materials (State of the World's Plants 2016).
    Unspecified Materials Chemicals
    Materials (State of the World's Plants 2016).
    Waxes
    Infructescences - The wax from the fruit is used to make varnish (Florez-Cárdenas et al. 2010).
    Social
    Social and 'Religious' uses (Florez-Cárdenas et al. 2010).
    Sacred Spiritual Plants
    Branches used to make the Cruz de Mayo at the May Crosses Festival (Florez-Cárdenas et al. 2010).

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela

    Synonyms

    Common Names

    Spanish
    Laurel de cera, laurel de la cruz de mayo, olivo de cera.

    Other Data

    Myrica parvifolia Benth. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Hartweg [1378], Ecuador K000512582 holotype
    Jameson [112], Ecuador K000512583

    Bibliography

    First published in Pl. Hartw.: 251 (1846)

    Not accepted by

    • Persson, C. & Ståhl, B. (2014). Flora of Ecuador 91: 1-76. Gothenburg University. [Cited as Morella parvifolia.]
    • Idárraga-Piedrahita, A., Ortiz, R.D.C., Callejas Posada, R. & Merello, M. (eds.) (2011). Flora de Antioquia: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares 2: 1-939. Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín. [Cited as Morella parvifolia.]
    • Hokche, O., Berry, P.E. & Huber, O. (eds.) (2008). Nuevo Catálogo de la Flora Vascular de Venezuela: 1-859. Fundación Instituto Botánico de Venezuela. [Cited as Morella parvifolia.]

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Persson, C. & Ståhl, B. (2014). Flora of Ecuador 91: 1-76. Gothenburg University.
    • Idárraga-Piedrahita, A., Ortiz, R.D.C., Callejas Posada, R. & Merello, M. (eds.) (2011). Flora de Antioquia: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares 2: 1-939. Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín.
    • Hokche, O., Berry, P.E. & Huber, O. (eds.) (2008). Nuevo Catálogo de la Flora Vascular de Venezuela: 1-859. Fundación Instituto Botánico de Venezuela.

    Sources

    Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Useful Plants of Boyacá Project
    ColPlantA database
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/