Herbario Virtual del Mediterráneo Occidental

Àrea de Botànica, Departament de Biologia, Universitat de les Illes Balears

Myrtus communis L.


Genus : Myrtus

    Catalan common name : Murta. Murtera. Murtra.

    Spanish common name : Arrayán. Mirto.

    Distribution in the islands : Ibiza. Mallorca. Minorca.

    General distribution : South Mediterranean

    Flowering time : May. June. July.

    Life-forms : Macrophanerophyte.

    Habitat : Humid soils.

    Uses and properties : Aphrodisiac. Aromatic. Dye industry. Edible or foodstuffs. Medicinal. Perfumery.

    Plants protected by law : Balearic Catalogue.

    Characteristics : The myrtle is a tree emblematic to the Mediterranean culture, associated with many traditions and customs. Its fruits, the myrtle berries, are edible; the leaves have very agreeable scent and can be used in making colognes. The leaves are glossy and arranged in pairs, and they resemble other Mediterranean schlerophylls, but their scent is a give away. Flowers at the beginning of the summer, with white flowers that call the attention at this time of the year.

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Patrocinador: Fundació Sa Nostra