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  1. Myoporum_montanum_flower White flower with purple spots by L. von Richter
  2. Myoporum_montanum_fruit Purple mature fruit by L. von Richter
  3. Myoporum_montanum_plant Myoporum montanum (up to 8m tall) by L. von Richter

Western Boobialla

Myoporum montanum

Appearance

  • Small evergreen tree
  • Size: to 8m high
  • Leaves: glabrous, elliptic to 14 cm long and 3 cm wide. New growth often sticky
  • Flowers: white with purple spots, 8mm diameter
  • Fruit: egg-shaped, smooth, purple when mature
 

What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower
  • Full flowering (record all days)
  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)
  • First ripe (purple) fruit 
 

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When To Look

  • Flowering from May to August
  • Fruiting from June to December 

Where To Look

  • Found in sclerophyll forest, mallee, bimble box and white cypress communities. An altitude range of 0 – 850m above sea level on a variety of soil types. Prefers full sun, is frost tolerant and copes in dry conditions.
  • NSW, QLD, VIC, WA, SA, NT

References

Chinnock, R.J. (2007) Eremophila and allied genera. A monograph of the Myoporaceae. Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd. Australia

Elliot, W. and Jones, D. (1993) Encyclopedia of Australian Plants suitable for cultivation. Volume 6. Lothian. Australia

 

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  1. What Else?

    This species has several different forms ie the Type form, Desert form and Tropical form. Also simialr to Myoporum acuminatum.

  1. Did You Know?

    It will resprout after fire.

    First described by Robert Brown in 1810.

    The montanum refers to growing on mountains.