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Accara elegans is the sole species of the monotypic genus Accara in the botanical family Myrtaceae. It is a shrub endemic to the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil, reaching 1-2m in height.[2]

Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Subfamily: Myrtoideae
Tribe: Myrteae
Genus: Accara
A. elegans
Binomial name
Accara elegans
  • Myrtus elegans DC.
  • Psidium elegans (DC.) Mart. ex O.Berg 1857 not Miq. 1855
  • Guajava elegans (DC.) Kuntze
  • Myrtus stictophylla Kiaersk.
  • Psidium stictophyllum (Kiaersk.) Mattos

Formerly included in the genera Myrtus and Psidium, Accara differs from both the latter in embryo structure, and from the former in being pentamerous (having its parts in fives) and in bud structure. The generic name is an anagram of the type location, Caraça, and is similar to the presumably closely related genus of Acca, nowadays sometimes included in Feijoa.[3]


  1. ^ (DC.) Landrum Syst. Bot. 15(2): 221 1990
  2. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Landrum, Leslie R. "Accara: A New Genus of Myrtaceae, Myrtinae from Brazil". Systematic Botany Vol. 15, No. 2 (Apr. - Jun., 1990), pp. 221-225.