Myoporum petiolatum Chinnock

Sticky Boobialla

Eremophila Allied Gen. 123 (2007) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub to c. 2 m high, glabrous; branches tuberculate or non-tuberculate. Leaves alternate, ovate to lanceolate, mostly 2–9 cm long and 6–40 mm wide, distinctly viscid, apex acute, margins serrate to serrulate; petiolate. Inflorescences 2–7-flowered; pedicels 4–8 mm long, glabrous. Sepals ovate to narrow-triangular, usually 2.5–4 mm long, acute to acuminate, valvate or slightly imbricate at base, glabrous; corolla 7–11 mm long, glabrous outside, inside of lobes and upper part of tube villous, white, often tinged pinkish-purple, spotted; stamens long-exserted; ovary and style glabrous. Fruit more or less globose, c. 5 mm diam., succulent, cream or yellowish, tinged red or brown, drying brown to black. Flowers mainly Jun.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, MuM, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Apart from isolated eastern occurrences at Lakes Entrance and Wilsons Promontory, largely confined in Victoria to the west where found on dry slopes, rocky outcrops and occasionally near the coast.

This species has previously been included in M. viscosum R. Br. from which it differs in being non-odorous, having translucent fruit that are cream to yellowish with darker markings, and distinctly petiolate leaves that are thinner-textured, prominently punctate and not reflexed down the branches. Myoporum viscosum s.str. is confined to a few near-coastal areas of South Australia (Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas and Kangaroo Island).

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-03-23
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Myoporum
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Myoporum petiolatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Myoporum petiolatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native

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South Australia