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|Family: Myrtaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Myrtus||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Myrtus communis L.
Stem: < 6 m, trunk +- contorted, gray to orange-brown. Leaf: 0.8--4.5, ovate or lanceolate to elliptic, acute to acuminate, thinly leathery, dark green adaxially. Flower: < 2.5 cm wide; petals round to ovate, white, spreading, adaxially concave; stamens forming a dense ring, +- = petals. Fruit: < 12 mm wide.
Ecology: Disturbed wet areas; Elevation: 740 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCoRI; Distribution Outside California: native to Mediterranean, naturalized Louisiana, Texas, potentially escaping in humid, non-freezing areas in North America. Note: Often cultivated in California.
eFlora Treatment Author: Leslie R. Landrum
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Myrtus
Next taxon: Syzygium
Citation for this treatment: Leslie R. Landrum 2016. Myrtus communis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=77266, accessed on May 29, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 29, 2016.