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Myoporum platycarpum - R.Br.
                 
Common Name
Family Myoporaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
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 Dry areas[144] on loamy and clayey soils[152]. Usually found in poor limey soils[167].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Myoporum platycarpum


Myoporum platycarpum
   
Physical Characteristics
 
Myoporum platycarpum is an evergreen Shrub. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Manna.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[46, 61]. Caution is advised, see the notes above on possible toxicity. A sweet manna exudes from the stems[46, 154, 156, 167]. It is a popular local delicacy[61, 144]. The manna cannot be induced to flow by wounding the stem[144].
Medicinal Uses


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Laxative.

Laxative[152].
Other Uses
Adhesive;  Resin;  Wood.

The manna obtained from the stems can be used as an adhesive cement[167]. The plant yields a resin[154, 156]. No more details are given, though these reports could be referring to the manna. Wood - perfumed. Used for veneers and cabinet making, it is a sandalwood substitute[154, 156, 167].
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Easily grown in most soils[167]. Succeeds in dry soils[200].
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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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
Preston Mon Dec 1 2008
This herb is also known by the names: sugarwood, dogwood-tree and sandalwood. Sandalwood resin was used by the Aboriginals as a substitute for pitch or wax.

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