Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Myrtaceae - Myrtle family

White, F. (1978) Myrtaceae FZ 4

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or rhizomatous suffrutices. Leaves usually opposite or subopposite, (rarely alternate, ternate or in fours), simple, entire, often coriaceous, generally with translucent dots (though these may be difficult to see on occasions). Stipules 0. Inflorescences axillary or terminal. Flowers mostly bisexual, actinomorphic, ± epigynous. Sepals (0-)4-5, sometimes fused to form an operculum, often gland-dotted. Petals (0-)4-5, often gland-dotted. Stamens numerous. Ovary inferior or semi-inferior with (1-)2-5(-10) loculi. Fruit a berry, drupe or capsule.

Worldwide: 129 genera and 4,620 species in tropical and warm areas and in temperate Australia.

Zimbabwe: 5 genera and 23 taxa.

Eugenia malangensis

More sample images from the Myrtaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Psidium cattleianum

Psidium cattleianum

Eugenia malangensis

Eugenia malangensis

Syzygium cordatum

Syzygium cordatum

Syzygium guineense subsp. guineense

Syzygium guineense subsp. guineense

Callistemon viminalis

Callistemon viminalis

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Callistemon R.Br.Description, Image
Eucalyptus L'Hér.Description, Image
Eugenia L.Description, Image
Psidium L.Description, Image
Syzygium Gaertn.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Myrtaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Myrtaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Myrtaceae | cultivated Myrtaceae
Flora of Zambia: Myrtaceae | cultivated Myrtaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Myrtaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Myrtaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=148, retrieved 30 July 2014

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