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Family: Myoporaceae
Myoporum brevipes

Citation: Benth., Fl. Aust. 5:6 (1870).

Synonymy: M. refractum Maiden & Betche, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 22:76 (1898); M. parvifolium sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 780 (1957), partly.

Common name: None

Shrub 0.3-2 m tall; branches with prominent tubercles, glabrous; leaves alternate, clustered, spreading or more rarely reflexed and overlapping, oblong, obovate to oblanceolate or linear-subterete, 3.5-28 x 1.5-8 mm, obtuse rarely acute, thick and fleshy, not constricting appreciably at the base, margins entire or more rarely serrate towards the apex, often prominently tuberculate on both surfaces.

Flowers 1-6 per axil; pedicel 3.5-9 mm long, glabrous, often tuberculate; sepals imbricate, ovate, 1.2-4.5 x 0.7-2.5 mm, acute, margins membranous, with a few glandular hairs, often tuberculate; corolla 4-6 mm long, white or pale-pink, lobes often purple-spotted, outside surface glabrous often with prominent tubercles on lobes and the upper part of the tube, inside of lobes and tube glabrous or with a few scattered hairs, lobes obtuse, shorter than the tube; stamens exserted, glabrous; ovary and style glabrous; fruit succulent, globular, white, c. 5 mm diam., drying yellow-brown to red-brown, then depressed-globular, 2.5-4 mm diam., often dark-brown-spotted.

image of FSA3_Myoporum_bre.jpg Branch, flower and fruit. Leaf variation.
Image source: fig. 613B in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  S.Aust.: LE, NU, GT, FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, KI, SE.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: mainly Oct. — Feb.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: M. refractum is included under this species as it appears to be only an extreme form.

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