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Myrtle (Myrtaceae)

Eucalyptus conica
Eucalyptus conica
Source: University of Newcastle [ 2 ]

The Myrtaceae, or myrtle, family are trees and shrubs native to tropical regions, especially in America and Australia. The family, for example the clove, eucalyptus , guava and pimento, are generally characterised by evergreen leaves, which contain aromatic oils. Myrtles are cultivated for their timber, gums, resins, oils, spices and edible fruits. The true myrtle genus ( Myrtus ) is native to the American tropics, while the classical myrtle ( M. communis ) is native around the Mediterranean region. Indeed, the wreaths for victors in the ancient Olympic games were made from the glossy M. communis leaves. [ 1 ]





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[1] The Encyclopaedia Britannica Online : http://www.britannica.com
[2] The Geomorphology and Quaternary Science Research Unit, School of Geosciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, 2083, Australia : http://www.newcastle.edu.au/
 

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