Scientific Name:
Ugni molinae Turcz., Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 21: 579 (1848)
  • = Myrtus ugni Molina (1782)
Vernacular Name(s):
Chilean guava; Strawberry myrtle

Aromatic bushy shrub, 1–2 m high, often suckering profusely. Shoots often reddish when young, later deep brown, densely clothed in short hairs at first. Petiole < 6 mm long, hairy. Lamina 0.7–3.4 × 0.6–2.8 cm, longer and narrower on juvenile shoots, usually broad-ovate to suborbicular, sometimes ovate to elliptic, coriaceous, pale below, dark shining green above, recurved at margins; glabrous except for midrib beneath at first; base rounded to subcordate; apex acute to obtuse. Pedicels 1–1.5 cm long, hairy or nearly glabrous, slender, curved downwards. Bracteoles 3–4.3 mm long, linear-lanceolate. Fls pendent. Calyx lobes 3–4 mm long, lanceolate to ± triangular. Petals 5–7 mm long, pale pink, imbricate, concave, forming a campanulate corolla. Stamens unequal, < style and petals. Fr. 8–14 mm diam., almost globular, rose, becoming dark purplish red; flesh white, sweet.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Nov.–Apr.

Biosecurity New Zealand 2012: Regional Pest Management Strategies Database.
Howell, C. 2008: Consolidated list of environmental weeds in New Zealand. DOC Research & Development Series 292: 42.
Turczaninow, N.S. 1848: Decades Quarta et Quinta Generum Adhuc non Descriptorum. Bulletin de la Société Imperiale des Naturalistes de Moscou. Moscow 21: 570–591.