myrica cerifera


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bayberry

Many types. Small tree/ Bush up to 12 ft.(4m) Thin oval waxy pointy leaves with hairy fruits (when young) that become wax-coated balls that cluster along the branch. Depending on type, fruit color can be blue, purple, black, red, white, green. Leaves fan out like helicopter blades. Wax used for candles, but not edible. Stays green year round. Leaves, roots and bark are used for increasing vitality of the whole body, improving circulation, gas, bowel and liver problems, ulcers, colds, illness, astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-bacterial, immune booster. Leaves used for seasoning like bay leaves. Berries edible, can be ground like pepper. Smell of the leaves keeps mosquitos away. Tea used as vaginal douche for infections, gargle for sore throats and tonsillitis.
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LOBATE LAC SCALE HOST PLANTS USED WERE CHRYSOBALANUS ICACO, ILEX VOMITORIA, MYRICA CERIFERA, RANDIA AC-ULEATA OR RAPANEA GUINENSIS.
distichum, 2001 Montezuma, Toxodiam 268 85 mucronatum, 1995 BARRETA Helietta parvifolia, 1989 18 34 BASSWOOD American, Tilia americana, 292 78 1993 Carolina, Tilia caroliniana, 124 107 2001 Carolina, Tilia caroliniana, 155 75 2001 White, Tilia heterophylla, 223 116 1997 BAYBERRY Northern, Myrica pensylvanica, 10 13 1999 Odorless, Myrica inodora, 33 18 1994 Pacific, Myrica californica, 46 38 1999 Southern, Myrica cerifera, 68 28 1993 (*) Southern, Myrica cerifera, 76 20 1994 (*) Southern, Myrica cerifera, 72 25 1994 (*) Southern, Myrica cerifera, 68 26 1994 (*) BAYCEDAR Suriana maritima, 1995 10 12 BEECH American, Fagus grandifolia, 279 115 1994 BIRCH Alaska paper, Betula 72 64 papyrifera var.