Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Myrtales

Myrtaceae - Myrtle family

White, F. (1978) Myrtaceae Flora Zambesiaca 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.

Mozambique: 4 genera and 23 taxa.

Syzygium jambos

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

Eucalyptus L'Hér.Description
Eugenia L.Description
Psidium L.Description, Image
Syzygium Gaertn.Description

Other sources of information about Myrtaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Myrtaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Myrtaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Myrtaceae
Flora of Malawi: Myrtaceae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Myrtaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Myrtaceae
Flora of Zambia: Myrtaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Myrtaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Myrtaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Myrtaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Myrtaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Myrtaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Myrtaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Myrtaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Myrtaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Myrtaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Myrtaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Myrtaceae
Wikipedia: Myrtaceae
Plants of the World Online: Myrtaceae
Tropicos: Myrtaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Myrtaceae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=148, retrieved 22 July 2024

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