Myoporum from the Greek 'myo' meaning close and 'poros' pore; referring to the plants ability to reduce water loss. Platycarpum from the Greek 'platys' meaning flat and 'carpos' meaning fruit; referring to the species unusual flat fruit.
Distribution and status
Grows in open woodlands and mallee systems, on red sands, brown calcareous loams and red brown earths. Common
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Green Adelaide
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Shrub or tree 1-10m. Branches of mature trees flexuous, leaves alternate, scattered, linear-lanceolate, 30-90mm wide, 3-10 mm long, glabrous. Leaf and pedical remnants forming distinct knobs. Flowers 4-11 per axil, corolla 3.5-7mm long, lobes shorter than tube, white. Flowering August - November. Fruits are fruit ovate, pale yellow or brown, compressed, 4–5.5 mm long, 3–3.5 mm wide, apex acute, glabrous Seed embryo type is straight
Seed collection and propagation
Collect as the outside of the fruit becomes soft and seeds start to gain colour.
|Location||No. of seeds|
4,850 (25 g)