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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Myricaceae

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Fagales

Four genera and 57 species (more-or-less cosmopolitan but not in Australia), with one genus (Morella) and 12 speces native to southern Africa and a further genus (Myrica) and two species cultivated in southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI)


Twelve species, native to southern Africa. These species were previously placed in the genus Myrica.

Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).


Myrica faya (Faya, Fayero) and Myrica pensylvanica (Bayberry) are cultivated in the region.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.