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Myrteola nummularia - (Poir.)O.Berg.

Common Name Cranberry-myrtle,
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Raised parts of bogs, especially with sphagnum[69].
Range S. America - S. Chile, Falklands.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Myrteola nummularia Cranberry-myrtle,


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Summary

A hardy evergreen, prostrate shrub making an excellent groundcover plant. The fruit has a has a soft juicy flesh and a delicious sweet slightly aromatic flavour. The fruit is produced in late autumn and early winter and is up to 1cm in diameter. It is a valuable fruit at this time of the year. The leaves are a tea substitute.


Physical Characteristics

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Myrteola nummularia is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from Nov to December. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Myrteola nummularia.

Habitats

 Ground Cover; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves.
Edible Uses: Tea.

Fruit - raw or cooked. A sweet and agreeable flavour[2, 105]. The fruit is up to 1cm in diameter, it has a soft juicy flesh and a delicious slightly aromatic flavour[K]. It is produced in late autumn and early winter, and is a very valuable fruit at this time of the year[K]. The leaves are a tea substitute[177].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Suitable for ground cover when spaced about 45cm apart each way, the plants form a carpet of low branches that root as they spread[208]. Plants are a bit slow to become established and will need weeding for their first few years after planting[K].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any reasonably good soil[1] including dry ones. Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained loam in a sunny position[11, 200]. Prefers a cool position according to another report. Tolerates maritime exposure[182]. This species is not very hardy when grown outdoors in Britain, succeeding to the south and west of London[11]. A group of plants in a sunny position on a rock garden at Kew Gardens seem to be perfectly happy and hardy, producing a reasonable crop of fruit in December 1996[K]. A good carpeting plant for moist stones etc in a rockery[11]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow it in late winter in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts[K]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Pot up in the autumn and overwinter in a cold frame. Plant out in late spring. High percentage[78]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, 7 - 12cm with a heel, November in a shaded and frost free frame. Plant out in late spring or early autumn. High percentage[78]. Layering.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Argentina, Chile, Falklands, South America, Venezuela,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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(Poir.)O.Berg.

Botanical References

1169200

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