Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Myrica gale L. image
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Robert R. Kowal
Family Myricaceae
Myrica gale L.
meadow-fern, sweet gale
Myrica: derived from the Greek name myrike for tamarisk, and a plant whose fruit has a greasy covering that provides the aromatic tallow from which bayberry candles are made
gale: English vernacular name cogante with German "Gagel" adopted as specific epithet for Myrica gale by Linnaeus
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Status: Native
Plant: perennial shrub

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Flora of North America (off site)
Gale palustris (Lam.) A.Chev.
Gale palustris (Lam.) A.Chev. var. denticulata A.Chev.
Gale palustris (Lam.) A.Chev. var. lusitanica A.Chev.
Gale palustris (Lam.) A.Chev. var. subglabra A.Chev.
Gale palustris (Lam.) A.Chev. var. tomentosa (C.DC.) A.Chev.
Myrica gale L. var. gale
Myrica gale L. var. subglabra (A.Chev.) Fernald
Myrica gale L. var. tomentosa C.DC.
Myrica palustris Lam.

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