Water Bush, Western Boobialla, Boobialla, Native Daphne, Native Myrtle, Boomeralla, Bush Boobialla, Mee-mee, Nymoo, Waterbush.
Myoporum, from Greek myo, to be closed and poros, pore, referring to closed appearance of leaf glands. Montanum, from Latin montanum, of the mountains.
Up to 8m.
Presence in Australia
Noted in the areas Majors Creek-West Hume and Urana-Rand-Corowa.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, SA, NT, WA.
Sclerophyll forest, mallee and White Cypress Pine communities.
Hairless erect bushy shrub or small tree to 8m high. Finely fissured bark and narrow leaves about 3-14cm long. Usually scattered plants or in small, relatively dense colonies.
Well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates severe drought.
Low flammability. Appears to be very unpalatable to livestock.
White, spotted purple, winter-summer.
Early Feb to late Mar. Monitor closely as seeds shed 3-14 days after maturity.
From seed or cuttings of firm young growth. Remove fruit flesh and soak overnight in warm water before sowing. Sow fresh seed late summer to early autumn. Cover with 2-3 mm of seed raising media and 4 mm of fine gravel. Place seed trays in open shaded position.
Shade and shelter
Excellent low-level cover for windbreaks.
Excellent habitat. Flowers are a good pollen and nectar source. Fruits food for native birds.
Gum from stems used as glue, and leaves used medicinally in some areas.
Attractive ornamental for garden windbreaks, parks, screens or informal hedges. Prune lightly and regularly to promote bushiness.