Myristica fragrans

Scientific name: Myristica fragrans Houtt.
Botanical family: MYRISTICACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)

Dominican Republic:

  • nuez moscada


  • nutmeg

Saint Lucia:

  • nutmeg

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Tree dioecious 6-18 m high with a dense crown and aromatic wood.  Leaves simple, alternate, oblong-elliptic, acutely acuminate, pinnately veined, dark green shiny above, paler beneath, 5-15 cm x 2-7 cm; male inflorescences usually 1-10 flowered cyme, fragrant, pale yellow, female inflorescences a 1-3 flowered cyme, but usually 1-flowered, pale yellow; fruit a fleshy, smooth, yellow, sub-globose, drupe, 3-6 cm long with a circumferential, longitudinal ridge; seed brown, ovoid 1.5-4.5cm long covered with a lacinate, red aril.









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