Myoporum parvifolium R.Br.

Creeping Myoporum

Prodr. 516 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Mat-forming shrub to c. 10 cm high, glabrous; branches tuberculate or non-tuberculate. Leaves alternate, clustered, linear-oblanceolate to oblanceolate, mostly 5–30 mm long and 2–8 mm wide, surfaces concolorous, glabrous, green or brownish, apex acute or obtuse, margins entire or rarely toothed or irregular; c. sessile. Inflorescences 1–4-flowered; pedicels 5–30 mm long, glabrous, often tuberculate. Sepals ovate to triangular, 1.3–3 mm long, acute, imbricate basally, glabrous or sometimes with glandular hairs on margins; corolla 3–6 mm long, glabrous outside, inside of lobes glabrous or pubescent, white or pink, spotted; stamens exserted; ovary and style glabrous. Fruit depressed-globose, 5–7 mm diam., yellowish-white, drying brown. Flowers mainly Oct.–Mar.

DunT, GipP, Gold, LoM, MuM, MSB, OtP, OtR, RobP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Scattered mainly across northern and western Victoria in clay soils, often on saline flats.

Several variants of this species are commonly cultivated.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Myoporaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Myoporum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Myoporum parvifolium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Myoporum parvifolium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory