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Myoporum tetrandrum - (Labill.)Domin.

Common Name Boobialla
Family Myoporaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards Although no records of toxicity have been found for this species, the fruits of at least some members of this genus are known to contain liver toxins and can be harmful in large quantities[173].
Habitats By the coast in basalt, silurian and red sand areas[154].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Myoporum tetrandrum Boobialla


Myoporum tetrandrum Boobialla

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Myoporum tetrandrum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft 5in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

M. serratum. R.Br.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Hedge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[46, 61]. The fruit is about 4 - 6mm in diameter[200]. Caution is advised, see the notes above on possible toxicity.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge  Soil stabilization

Plants can be used right on the coast as a protective screen from maritime winds, the roots also help to check coastal erosion[154].

Special Uses

Hedge  Hedge

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in most soils[167]. Succeeds in dry soils[200]. Resists maritime exposure[154]. This species is not very hardy in mainland Britain, it succeeds outdoors on the Scilly Isles but usually requires greenhouse protection elsewhere. A polymorphic species[1]. Planted for shelter in Portugal, especially by the coast, and it is locally naturalized there[50]. There is some confusion over this name. Most of the entries on this record were listed under M. serratum, which is listed here as a synonym of this species. However, [154] says that M. serratum is a synonym of M. insulare, which has been treated here as a separate and distinct species.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Pot up in the autumn. Good percentage[78].

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AUSTRALASIA: Australia (Western Australia (southwest))

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Myoporum debileWinter AppleShrub1.0 8-11  LMHNDM11 
Myoporum desertiTurkey BushShrub3.0 -  LMHNDM10 
Myoporum ellipticum  0.0 -  LMHSNM00 
Myoporum insulareBoobyallaShrub3.0 8-11  LMHNDM103
Myoporum laetumNgaio, Ngaio tree, Mousehole TreeShrub6.0 9-11 MLMHNDM113
Myoporum montanumWater BushShrub2.0 8-11  LMHNDM103
Myoporum platycarpumSugarwoodShrub8.0 8-11  LMHNDM113

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

(Labill.)Domin.

Botanical References

154200

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