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Myrceugenia lanceolata (Juss. ex J. St.-Hil.) Kausel

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

Place of Publication

Lilloa 13: 135 (1947)

Type citation

Based on Myrtus lanceoalata Juss. ex J., St._Hil. "Rapporte par Dombey, Herb de Jussieu," Dombey s.n. (holotype: P).



Evergreen shrub to 3 m tall.

Key characteristics

M. lanceolata can be easily identified by its oblanceolate leaves which are dark green above and pale green beneath.


Valparaíso, Metropolitana, Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, Maule, Biobío, Araucanía and Ñuble

Distribution and habitat

Myrceugenia lanceolata has an extensive distribution from Valparaíso to Malleco from 200 to 800 m above sea level. Its distribution includes both the Coastal Cordillera and the Andes where it is invariable seen growing adjacent to streams and large rivers.


  • Kausel (1947)

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

  • Landrum (1986)

    Landrum, L.R. 1986. Campomanesia, Pimenta, Blepharocalyx, Legrandia, Acca, Myrrhinum and Luma. Flora Neotropica Monograph 45:131-133

  • Landrum (1988)

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