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The Endemic Plants of Chile


Amomyrtus meli (Phil.) D. Legrand & Kausel

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Amomyrtus >
  3. Family: Myrtaceae

Place of Publication

Lilloa 13: 146 (1947)

Type citation

Based on Myrtus meli Phil. Isotype: “In sylvis densis provinciae Valdiviae [Coral prope Valdivia], incolis Meli. etc” December 1856, Philippi 554 (W) W0048343, possible Isotype (MICH), MICH1210126


Common names

  • meli


  • Landrum (1988): Fig. 3B,C,D,H
  • Descriptions

    • Landrum (1988)


    Evergreen tree up to 20 m tall. Flowering from October to December. Fruits mature from March to May.

    Key characteristics

    Distinguishable from other Chilean myrtles by its smooth, light bark. When crushed, the leaves have a very distinctive strong aroma which is very different from that of A. luma. Twigs with scattered hairs or hairless. A. luma has moderately to densely hairy twigs.


    Biobío, Araucanía, Los Ríos and Los Lagos

    Distribution and habitat

    Amomyrtus meli is confined to southern Chile, between Arauco (37°30'S) and Chiloé (43°30'S), Within this range it occurs from sea level to 600 m and is more abundant from south of Valdivia to Chiloé especially in the coastal cordillera (Donoso, 2006).


    • Kausel (1947)

      Kausel, E. 1947. Notas mirtológicas. Lilloa 13: 125-149

    • Landrum (1988)

      Landrum, L R 1988. The Myrtle Family (Myrtaceae) in Chile. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 45(12):277-317

    • Donoso et al. (2006)

      Donoso Z., C. , Zúñiga, A. and Utreras, F. 2006. Amomyrtus meli (Phil.) D. Legrand & Kausel. In: Donoso, C (Ed.), Las especies arbóreas de los bosques templados de Chile y Argentina : autoecología, pp. 158-165. Marisa Cuneo Ed. Valdivia, Chile. Concepción, Chile.