The Endemic Plants of Chile

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Myrtaceae

Myrceugenia ovata (Hook. & Arn.) O.Berg var. ovata

Regions

Biobío, Araucanía, Los Ríos and Los Lagos

Distribution and habitat

Distributed from Isla Mocha (Arauco, Region Biobío), and Valdivia to Chiloé. An understorey tree or shrub in coastal forests.

Habit

Flowers from December to February; fruiting during the winter months

Key characteristics

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)