Australian Native Plants

  Myoporum insulare (Coastal Boobialla)


Myoporum insulare photo
Myoporum insulare Black Rock, Victoria, Australia

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COASTAL BOOBIALLA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Myoporum insulare in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Coastal Boobialla

Description
The Coastal Boobialla is variable in habit and may be a dense shrub, open shrub or small tree. The glossy green leaves are lanceolate to elliptical, 30mm to 100mm long by 10mm to 20mm wide. It produces groups of white or pale pink flowers with purple spots in the throat, in late spring and summer. The flowers are in the leaf axils in groups of up to eight. The flowers are about 7mm in diameter . The fruits are purple black and fleshy, 10mm in diameter.

Height
1m - 7m

Spread
2m - 8m

Habitat
coastal heath but also some inland occurrences

Propagation
Propagation can be done from seed without any pretreatment but germination may be slow. Hardened, current season cuttings strike easily and is the simplest method of propagation.

Wildlife Interest
attracts fruit eating birds

Distribution
New South Wales, Victoria., South Australia, Western Australia. Southern Australia from about Shark Bay in Western Australia along the south of the continent to north-eastern New South Wales.

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Lamiales
Family:Myoporaceae
Genus:Myoporum
Species:insulare
Common Name:Coastal Boobialla