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Myoporum acuminatum mangrove Boobialla   Scrophulariaceae

 

mangrove Boobialla, Myoporum-acuminatum

 

Myoporum acuminatum

mangrove Boobialla, Myoporum-acuminatum

Myoporum acuminatum, commonly known as Waterbush, Pointed Boobialla or Mangrove Boobialla. It grows in rainforest or wet eucalyptus forest near the coast, and is often associated with mangroves. Occasionally it is found in the drier rainforests.
Common names include Boobialla, Pointed Boobialla, Waterbush and Mangrove Boobialla
Myoporum acuminatum grows as a hairless shrub or small tree, up to 13 metres (40 ft) tall and a trunk diameter of 50 cm (20 in). In larger plants the trunk may be irregular in shape with flanges. Bark is greyish brown and somewhat wrinkled in larger trees. Small branches are green and fairly thick, though smooth
Flowers appear from May to August, though later in the southern parts of its range. Flowers feature five white petals, with four rows of purple spots and a sweet scent. They grow in clusters from the leaf axils.

The fruit is a roughened, wrinkled drupe. Globular in shape, 5 mm in diameter, blue or purple in colour. Remnants of the flower style point out of the fruit, 3 to 4 mm long and hooked. Inside are two to four seeds, maturing from October to February

 

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