Myoporum insulare R.Br.

Common Boobialla

Prodr. 516 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub or tree to c. 6 m high, glabrous; branches obscurely tuberculate or non-tuberculate. Leaves alternate, scattered, lanceolate to broad-elliptic, mostly 3–9 cm long, 10–22 mm wide, thick and fleshy, apex acute or obtuse, margins entire or serrulate towards apex; petiolate. Inflorescences 3–8-flowered; pedicels 5–10 mm long, glabrous. Sepals more or less ovate, usually 2–3 mm long, acute or obtuse, imbricate, margins winged and sometimes irregularly toothed, glabrous; corolla 3–6 mm long, glabrous outside, inside of lobes pubescent, white, often spotted purplish on lobes and upper tube; stamens included; ovary glabrous, style glabrous or pubescent. Fruit globose, c. 8 mm diam., succulent, bluish-purple, drying brownish. Flowers mainly Sep.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, HSF, MuF, MuM, OtP, OtR, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. A frequent component of coastal habitats, commonly on dunes and cliffs, and extending well inland in the west.

A very variable species with respect to stature and leaf morphology (size, shape and degree of serration). Populations containing individuals with distinctly different foliage-forms are sometimes encountered.

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.
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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 insulare in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Myoporum insulare 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
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory