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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Xanthomyrtus

Xanthomyrtus is a group of shrubs and trees in the botanical family Myrtaceae described as a genus in 1922.[1][2] It is found in Borneo, Moluccas, Sulawesi, Philippines, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago and New Caledonia.[3][4]

They are mostly montane shrubs or trees, sometimes epiphytic. Flowers are yellow, usually 5-merous, in 3-flowered, axillary and terminal peduncles.[5] The fruit is a reddish, dark blue or black berry.[6]



  1. ^ Diels, Friedrich Ludwig Emil. 1922. Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 57: 362-367 descriptions in Latin, comments and geographic information in German
  2. ^ Tropicos, Xanthomyrtus Diels
  3. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ Govaerts, R., Sobral, N., Ashton, P., Barrie, F., Holst, B.K., Landrum, L.L., Matsumoto, K., Fernanda Mazine, F., Nic Lughadha, E., Proença, C. & al. (2008). World Checklist of Myrtaceae: 1-455. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  5. ^ Scott, A.J. (1979). "A Revision of Xanthomyrtus (Myrtaceae)". Kew Bulletin. 33 (3): 461–484. 
  6. ^ Beaman, J.H. & Anderson, C. (2004). The Plants of Mount Kinabalu 5: 1-609. Natural history publications (Borneo), Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.