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Myrceugenia is a genus of evergreen woody flowering trees and shrubs belonging to the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, first described as a genus in 1855.[2][4] The genus is native to South America from central Brazil to southern Chile.[3] It is closely related to the genus Luma; some botanists include Myrceugenia in that genus.[5]

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Myrceugenia leptospermoides
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Subfamily: Myrtoideae
Tribe: Myrteae
Genus: Myrceugenia
Type species
Myrceugenia myrtoides

Nothomyrcia Kausel

Two species are endemic to the Juan Fernández Islands in the Pacific Ocean west of the Chilean coast.[3] Myrceugenia fernandeziana is endemic to Robinson Crusoe Island and M. schulzei to Alejandro Selkirk Island, where they are prominent trees in the lowland and lower montane forests of the islands.

Accepted species[3]


  1. ^ lectotype designated by Legrand, Com. Bot. Mus. Montevideo 2(28): 3 (1953)
  2. ^ a b Berg, Otto Karl. 1855. Linnaea 27: 5, 131-135 in Latin
  3. ^ a b c d Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ Tropicos, Myrceugenia O. Berg
  5. ^ Govaerts, R., Sobral, N., Ashton, P., Barrie, F., Holst, B.K., Landrum, L.L., Matsumoto, K., Fernanda Mazine, F., Nic Lughadha, E., Proença, C. & al. (2008). World Checklist of Myrtaceae: 1-455. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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