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Myrtus communis is also known as common myrtle or true myrtle. It is a species of flowering plant in the myrtle family Myrtaceae. It is an evergreen shrub native to southern Europe, north Africa, western Asia, Macaronesia and the Indian Subcontinent.
Linalool (36.2%), followed by estragole (18.4%) and 1,8-cineole (11.4%). The oxygenated monoterpenes were the predominant chemical group (71.2%), followed by the sesquiterpenoids (16%).
|Hindi||Baragasha, Murad, Vilayati mehndi|
|English||True Myrtle, Common myrtle|
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
|Simple||Round in outline||The leaf is entire, 3-5 cm long, producing a fragrant essential oil.|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Bisexual||Star-like flowers||White||The flowers are pollinated by insects, and the seeds are dispersed by birds that eat the berries.|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
When fully dormant Myrtus communis is hardy to between -10 and -15°C (14-5°F) as long as it is sheltered from cold drying winds, though it does withstand quite considerable maritime exposure.