Myrtus Tourn. ex L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 471 (1753)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Macaronesia to Pakistan.

Descriptions

Myrtaceae, F. White. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Note
M. communis L., the “Myrtle”, is grown as a garden shrub or hedge plant in Zambia and Rhodesia.
Morphology General Habit
It is an aromatic evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green foliage; the small, ligid, lanceolate leaves end in a horny point; the flowers are small, white, solitary and axillary. A medium-sized genus with c. 100 species, mostly in the tropics and subtropics, though none is indigenous to tropical Africa.
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Sources

  • Art and Illustrations in Digifolia

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