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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Myrtus (Myrtos, the ancient Greek name). Myrtaceae. Myrtle. Mostly shrubs, grown for the aromatic qualities, attractive foliage flowers and fruits.

Leaves opposite, entire, penniveined, usually aromatic: fls. white or rose-tinged, axillary, 1 to many, the central on short lateral or long pedicels; calyx-tube turbinate, 5- (rarely 4-) lobed, usually persistent; petals 5 (rarely 4); stamens numerous, in several rows, free; ovule 2-3-celled: fr. a berry, adnate to, or included in the calyx-tube.—A genus of perhaps 70 species, mostly subtropical natives of S. Amer. and Austral., but also in S. Eu. and W. Asia. Some of the myrtles are now referred to Eugenia and other genera. In common speech, the word myrtle is applied to other small- lvd. evergreens as to the vincas or periwinkles.

Myrtles are grown in pots for greenhouse, window or room decorations, or in California and the South as outdoor ornamental shrubs. In pots, they make excellent lawn and terrace plants, being given protection in winter. They are easily cultivated and readily propagated from firm or partially ripened cuttings. They like an abundance of water in summer.

M. Luma-Eugenia apiculata, p. 1163.—M. macrophylla, Spreng.—Eugenia malaccensis, p. 1163.—M. tomentosa, Soland.- Rhodomyrtus tomentosa.

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