D.myoporoides.JPG (48937 bytes)Duboisia myoporoides: is a member of the Solanaceae family and is a close relative of the potatoes and tomatoes. Corkwood is the common name.

Duboisia myoporoides is a tall shrub or small tree with corky bark that is fissured and grey to pale brown in colour. Leaves are lanceolate, up to 12 centimetres long, shiny and pale to bright green. The small flowers are less than one centimetre across, bell-shaped and with purplish markings. The main flowering period is from July to October with sporadic blooming at other times. The flowers are followed by fleshy, globular, black berries.

Duboisia myoporoides is a widespread species that is found from northern Queensland to southern New South Wales and occurs on the margins of all types of rainforest and regrowth up to 1000 metres. Corkwood is also found in New Caledonia and New Guinea.

Duboisia myoporoides is an important source of valuable alkaloids that are used medicinally. The alkaloids are extracted from the leaves.

Duboisia myoporoides is fast growing, responds positively to pruning and prefers well-drained soils in sunny situations.

As yet we have not tried to grow this species and do not know if Corkwood will tolerate frost.

Propagate from seed, that should be fresh and cutt5ngs that may be slow to strike.