Morella cordifolia

Dune Waxberry - Morella cordifolia
Dune Waxberry - Morella cordifolia
Dune Waxberry - Morella cordifolia

Common names: wax berry, candle berry, dune wax berry (English); ilethi (Zulu); wasbessie, wasbessiebos, wasbossie, glashout (Afrikaans). 
Botanical name: Morella cordifolia

Morella cordifolia, also known as the wax berry, is a low-growing, evergreen shrub that produces purple-blue berries covered with a waxy layer. The plant is adapted to coastal and sandy habitats, where it helps to stabilize the dunes. The berries have been used traditionally as a source of wax for candles, soap, polish and ointment, as well as a food. The bark has medicinal and tanning properties. The plant is wind-pollinated and attracts bees and birds. It can be grown from seed or cuttings, and prefers sun or semi-shade and well-drained soil.

Uses & Benefits: cosmetics, food, medicine

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Family: Myricaceae
Type: shrub
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