Myop_bateae.jpg (25545 bytes)Myoporum bateae: is a member of the Myoporaceae family in company with the Eremophilas or Emu Bushes. There are 17 Australian species in the genus and the overall common name is Boobialla.
Myoporum bateae is an open shrub that may reach a height of three metres. The leaves are narrow, linear, sticky and up to 15 centimetres long. During the warmer months we have observed honey bees on the leaves. They appear to be attracted by the sticky secretions.
The flowers may be white or pale purplish-pink. Four to ten flowers are carried in the axils (bases) of the leaves. The main flowering period is in spring and summer. We have a specimen that carries a few flowers in winter.
Growth habit, foliage and flowers are all attractive features. Tip prune regularly to keep plants from becoming straggly.
Myoporum bateae could be incorporated in native shrubberies.
The species is not common in the wild and occurs in the South Coast of New South Wales.
At one time this Boobialla was considered to be a variety of Myoporum floribundum but Myoporum bateae does not have the narrow, pendant leaves of the former species.
Myoporum bateae propagates rapidly from cuttings.