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Myoporum insulare - R.Br.

Common Name Boobyalla
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 Seashores and inland areas[154]. Found on dunes, headlands, estuaries and mangrove fringes[193].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Myoporum insulare Boobyalla


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Myoporum insulare is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan. 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: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

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

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[144]. Juicy and sweet but with an aroma that is not entirely pleasant[144, 193]. Some people find the fruit rather salty and bitter[154, 193]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[200]. Some caution is advised, see notes above on possible toxicity.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Fire retardant;  Hedge;  Hedge;  Wood.

Plants can be grown as a hedge or screen, tolerating maritime exposure[157, 167]. The plant is fire resistant[167]. Wood - hard. Used in turnery and cabinet making[154].

Cultivation details

Easily grown in most soils[167]. Succeeds in dry soils[200]. Tolerates maritime exposure and salt spray[154, 157, 167]. This species is not very hardy in mainland Britain, it succeeds outdoors on the Scilly Isles[1] but usually requires greenhouse protection elsewhere[1]. Plants are hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157] but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. There is some confusion over this name. [154] gives M. serrata as a synonym of this species whilst [200] says that M. serrata is a synonym of M. tetrandrum. We have followed this last treatment. Closely related to M. ellipticum and M. montanum (Syn M. acuminatum)[193].

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].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Myoporum debileWinter Apple11
Myoporum desertiTurkey Bush10
Myoporum ellipticum 00
Myoporum laetumNgaio, Ngaio tree, Mousehole Tree11
Myoporum montanumWater Bush10
Myoporum platycarpum 11
Myoporum tetrandrumBoobialla10

 

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