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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves, flowers and fruit. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
Myoporum montanum R.Br.
Brown, R. (1810) Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae: 515. Type: Port Jackson - Hunter R., R. Brown; holo: BM?.
Myoporum acuminatum var. angustifolium Benth., Flora Australiensis 5: 4(1870), Type: Port Jackson and Mount Hunter, R. Brown, but chiefly in the interior of Queensland and N.S. Wales. Holo: ?. Myoporum cunninghamii Benth., Enumeratio Plantarum ... Huegel: 78(1837), Type: Queensland. Moreton Bay (A. Cunningham) Holo: ?.
Boobialla; Myrtle, Native; Native Myrtle; Water Bush; Western Boobialla
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrub about 2-3 m tall.
Oil dots numerous, very variable in size, only the larger oil dots visible to the naked eye. Leaf blades about 3.5-14 x 0.8-1.8 cm, quite brittle when folded. Petioles about 1 cm long. Venation not very obvious on either the upper or lower surface of the leaf blades. Terminal buds and young shoots glabrous.
Cotyledons about 9-12 x 3-4 mm. First pair of leaves glabrous, margins toothed, oil dots yellowish. At the tenth leaf stage: stem marked by numerous small warty bumps and the leaf blade with numerous large oil dots.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in WA, NT, CYP (?), NEQ and southwards as far as Victoria. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 900 m. Grows in a variety of habitats ranging from beach or dune vegetation, beach forest, open forest, wet sclerophyll forest to rain forest margins. Sometimes found in disturbed areas in upland or mountain rain forest. Also occurs in New Guinea (?).
This species may be poisonous but this needs conformation.
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)