Myrtus communis

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Name and publication

Myrtus communis L., Sp. Pl. 1: 471 (1753).


Branchlets of myrtle are typically 6-10 cm long bearing leaves that are ovate to lanceolate, acute, smooth, and shining, 2.5-4.5 cm long x 9-15 mm wide.

Nativity and distribution

Myrtus communis is native to Eurasia and north Africa but widely cultivated.