Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Bog-myrtle (Myrica), a widely-distributed genus of small, mostly dioecious, catkin-bearing shrubs, the type of the order Myricaceae. They have simple, scattered leaves, and numerous resin glands, the secretion of which is fragrant. Our British species, M. Gale, is known as sweet gale, and is the badge of the clan Campbell. The drupaceous fruit is coated with wax. whence the American names of candleberry and waxberry applied to other species of the genus.