Myrtus communis L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 471 (1753)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Macaronesia to Pakistan. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the subtropical biome. It is used as a medicine and invertebrate food, has environmental uses and for fuel and food.

Descriptions

Distribution
Biogeografic region: Andean. Elevation range: 2600–2600 m a.s.l. Cultivated in Colombia. Colombian departments: Cundinamarca.
Habit
Subshrub.
Conservation
IUCN Red List Assessment (2021): LC.
Ecology
Habitat according IUCN Habitats Classification: shrubland, artificial - terrestrial.
[UPFC]

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/203365/119997141

Conservation
LC - least concern
[IUCN]

Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. http://catalogoplantasdecolombia.unal.edu.co

Distribution
Cultivada en Colombia; Alt. 2600 m.; Andes.
Morphology General Habit
Subarbusto
[CPLC]

Myrtaceae, B. Verdcourt, B.Sc., Ph.D. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2001

Morphology General Habit
Shrub 0.9–3 m tall or sometimes a small tree, with scented foliage.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate or ovate, 0.5–2 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, solitary, axillary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry blue-black.
Figures
Fig. 4/1–3, p. 14.
[FTEA]

Bernal, R., G. Galeano, A. Rodríguez, H. Sarmiento y M. Gutiérrez. 2017. Nombres Comunes de las Plantas de Colombia. http://www.biovirtual.unal.edu.co/nombrescomunes/

Vernacular
arrayán, mirto
[UNAL]

Uses

Use Environmental
Environmental uses.
Use Fuel
Used for fuels.
Use Gene Sources
Used as gene sources.
Use Food
Used for food.
Use Invertebrate Food
Used as invertebrate food.
Use Materials
Used as material.
Use Medicines
Medical uses.
[UPFC]

Common Names

English
Common Myrtle

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