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Myrtis communis

Le myrte commun
Common Myrtle

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Plant family

Area

Littoral

Flower colour

white

Flower size

2-3 cm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July,

August

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

5 m

Description

When in flower, it is a spectacular shrub or small tree. It makes a dense, wind-resistant hedge. The leaves when crushed give off a spicy odour.  Found along the coast where Myrtis communis grows in abundance, as well as inland near Le Rocher de Roquebrune.

Flowers

The flowers are usually white, sometimes tinged pink, with 4 rounded petals and a mass of protruding white stamens.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Oval to long, wider in the middle, pointed, 3-5 cm long.

Fruits Seeds

Berry: blackish blue.

Edible

Berries: on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica an aromatic liqueur called ‘Mirto’ is made from the berries by macerating them in alcohol.

Medical

Whole plant: an aromatic, astringent herb that is an antiseptic and an effective decongestant, used internally for urinary infections and sinusitis.

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