Place of Publication
Linnaea 30: 670 (1861)
Based on Eugenia ovata Hook. & Arn. "Chiloe" Cuming 30 (holotype: K)
- Eugenia cumingii Hook. & Arn.
- Eugenia ovata Hook. & Arn.
- Eugenia trichocarpa Phil.
- Luma cumingii (Hook. & Arn.) Burret
- Luma ovata (Hook. & Arn.) Burret
Berg, O.C. 1861. Mantissa II. ad Myrtacearum Americae. Linnaea 30: 647-713
Distribution and habitat
Distributed from Isla Mocha (Arauco, Region Biobío), and Valdivia to Chiloé. An understorey tree or shrub in coastal forests.
Flowers from December to February; fruiting during the winter months
M. ovata could be confused with C. ovata var. nannophylla which have an overlapping distribution in the southern end of their range. The leaves of var. ovata are mostly 1-2 cm long (or more), the apex acute to acuminate (vs. leaves much smaller, usually under 1 cm and the apex obtuse to rounded)