Myristica fragrans


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Myristica fragrans
Species Authority: Houtt.
Common Name(s):
English Nutmeg
Spanish Nuez De Banda, Nuez De Especias, Nuez Moscada

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 2.3
Year Published: 1998
Date Assessed: 1998-01-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:It is thought to occur naturally in Banda Island in the Moluccas, but it is now widely cultivated in the tropics, becoming naturalised in many areas.
Indonesia (Maluku, Sumatera)
Puerto Rico
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Lowland forest. The original source of nutmeg.
Systems: Terrestrial

Bibliography [top]

de Wilde, W.J.J.O. 1997. Notes on Southeast Asian and Malesian Myristica and description of new taxa (Myristicaceae). Blumea 42(1): 111-190.

Elliott, S. and Brimacombe, J. 1985. The medicinal plants of Gunung Leuser National Park, Indonesia.

Meléndez, E.N. 1982. Plantas Medicinales de Puerto Rico. Universidad de Puerto Rico.

Oldfield, S., Lusty, C. and MacKinven, A. (compilers). 1998. The World List of Threatened Trees. World Conservation Press, Cambridge, UK.

Citation: World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1998. Myristica fragrans. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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