Ugni is a genus of plants in the myrtle family Myrtaceae, described as a genus in 1848. It is native to western Latin America from the Valdivian temperate rain forests of southern Chile (including the Juan Fernández Islands) and adjacent regions of southern Argentina, north to southern Mexico.
They are shrubs with evergreen foliage, reaching 1–5 m tall. The leaves are opposite, oval, 1–4 cm long and 0.2-2.5 cm broad, entire, glossy dark green, with a spicy scent if crushed. The flowers are drooping, 1–2 cm diameter with four or five white or pale pink petals and numerous short stamens; the fruit is a small red or purple berry 1 cm diameter.Species
- Ugni candollei (Barnéoud) O.Berg - central + southern Chile
- Ugni molinae Turcz. - - central + southern Chile, southern Argentina; naturalized in New Zealand and Juan Fernández Islands
- Ugni myricoides (Kunth) O.Berg - Mexico ( Hidalgo, Veracruz, Puebla, Oaxaca, Chiapas), Central America, South America (Guyana, Venezuela, Guyana, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, NW Brazil ( Amazonas + Roraima)).
- Ugni selkirkii (Hook. & Arn.) O.Berg - Robinson Crusoe Island