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Myrtus communis ssp. communis
Myrtus communis ssp. communis
Common Myrtle
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0123 2602 (2023-01-26)

Copyright © 2023 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  Aug 26, 2013
  • latitude 44.64323   longitude 14.39705     View on Google Maps.
  • location   Adriatic Sea, island Lošinj, north outskirts of village St. Jakov, near village graveyard, Kvarner archipelago (Rijeka region, Croatia)
  • notes   Slo.: navadna mirta - syn.: Myrtus acuta Mill., Myrtus acutifolia (L.) Sennen & Teodoro and about 50 other names - Substratum: soil. - Habitat: macchia, almost flat terrain; calcareous, skeletal ground; sunny, warm and dry place; elevation 12 m (40 feet) (1) and 40 m (130 feet) (2); average precipitations ~ 1.000 mm/year, average temperature 12-14 deg C, Sub-Mediterranean phytogeographical region. - Substratum: soil. - Comment (pertains to pictures in the Flickr album Myrtus communis): Myrtus communis is an important plant in several old cultures from antic times on – it is a symbol of beauty, peace and love since classical times. It is known and has been cultivated and adorned in Mediterranean region for a very long time, so that botanists actually do not know exactly where the plant origins. Namely, Myrtaceae are predominantly tropic and sub-tropic plants. Some professionals believe that it is an autochthone species in Mediterranean region, others think that it was brought from Asia millennia ago. Today it is known from all countries around the Mediterranean Sea. It is rare in Slovenia but very common in Croatia, particularly on the Adriatic islands. Flowering bushes are very beautiful in spring time, but also evergreen, shiny leaves and bluish-black berries when ripe do not fall behind. Leaves, bark and berries of this plant contain fragrant etheric oils, which are widely used in cosmetic products. In close contact with humans for so long time many other uses of this extraordinary plant have been developed. - Ref.: (1) T. Nikolić, Flora Croatica, Vaskularna flora Republike Hrvatske, Vol. 3. Alfa d.d.. Zagreb (2020) p 173, (2) M. Blamey, C. Grey-Wilson, Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean, A & C Black, London (2005), p 150. (3) W.K. Rottensteiner, Exkursionsflora für Istrien, Verlag des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins Kärten (2014), p 604. (4) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007), p 328. (5) R. Brus, Drevesa in grmi Jadrana (Trees and bushes of Adria) (in Slovene), Modrijan Pub, (2012), p 303.
  • camera   Nikon D700 / Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_0746/2013_DSC7734
  • photo category: Plant - tree/shrub

  • common names   Common Myrtle (photographer)
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