Myoporum acuminatum—Mangrove Boobialla—SCROPHULARIACEAE

Myoporum acuminatum

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Habitat—Grows in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest near the coast and in Casuarina forest near estuaries.

Distribution—North from Bega New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Glabrous shrub or small tree to 13 m high with coarsely fissured bark, branches smooth or rarely obscurely or prominently tuberculate.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Coocumbac Island, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tern Island, The Islands, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba River Area and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire with oil dots medium sized to large, usually visible without a lens. Elliptic, usually 5 to 14 cm long and 7 to 28 mm wide, apex very attenuate, margins entire or obscurely toothed, surfaces discolorous, glabrous.

Myoporum acuminatum
Myoporum acuminatum

Inflorescence—3-8 in axils;pedicels 4-10mm long. Sepals valvate or slightly imbricate at base, ovate to oblong-triangular 1.5 to 2.5mm, 1 to 1.5 mm wide. Corolla 5-7 mm diam., white, purple-spotted; lobes obtuse.

Flowering.—Winter to Spring.

Fruit—Fruit ovoid, 4.5 to 7 mm long, 4 to 5 mm diam., wrinkled, purplish black.

Ripe.—Spring to Summer.

Myoporum acuminatum