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is a genus of approximately 15-20 species in the myrtle family Myrtaceae
The Myrtaceae or Myrtle family are a family of dicotyledon plants, placed within the order Myrtales. Myrtle, clove, guava, feijoa, allspice, and eucalyptus belong here. All species are woody, with essential oils, and flower parts in multiples of four or five...
. The greatest diversity of species are found in New Caledonia
New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, east of Australia and about from Metropolitan France. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of...
and the remainder are found in Australia, New Guinea
New Guinea is the world's second largest island, after Greenland, covering a land area of 786,000 km2. Located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, it lies geographically to the east of the Malay Archipelago, with which it is sometimes included as part of a greater Indo-Australian Archipelago...
Malesia is a biogeographical region straddling the boundaries of the Indomalaya ecozone and Australasia ecozone, and also a phytogeographical floristic region in the Paleotropical Kingdom.-Floristic province:...
. Two new species were recently described from Australia, U. lamingtonensis
and U. tenella
. Species of Uromyrtus
from New Caledonia are currently being revised. The flowers occur singly in the axils of the leaves and typically point downwards. In this respect the genus superficially resembles the neotropical genus Ugni
, but evidence from DNA sequencing studies suggests the genera are not closely related.
- Uromyrtus australis
Uromyrtus australis, commonly known as the Peach Myrtle, is a small tree growing around Nightcap National Park, New South Wales, Australia. It is endangered by extinction...
A.J.Scott - an Australian species that is endangered and restricted to a small location in northern New South Wales
New South Wales is a state of :Australia, located in the east of the country. It is bordered by Queensland, Victoria and South Australia to the north, south and west respectively. To the east, the state is bordered by the Tasman Sea, which forms part of the Pacific Ocean. New South Wales...
. This plant is known as the peach myrtle due to the colour and shape of its fruit.
- Uromyrtus lamingtonensis
Uromyrtus lamingtonensis is a rare Australian shrub growing around the state border of New South Wales and Queensland. Like the Peach Myrtle, it has attractive pink flowers....
N.Snow & Guymer
- Uromyrtus metrosideros (F.M.Bailey) A.J.Scott
- Uromyrtus tenella N.Snow & Guymer