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Myoporum montanum

Plant Family


Alternative Common Names

Water bush, boobialla, bush boobialla, boomeralla, native daphne, native myrtle, mee-mee, nymoo.

Erect bushy shrub, 1-3m high.

Leaves - alternate, lanceolate, 3-10cm long, 5-10mm wide, pointed at the tip, shortly stalked.

Flowers - white, with purple spots inside, borne erect on stalks 6-10mm long, clustered in groups in the leaf axils, each flower 6-8mm long, bell-shaped, usually 5 lobed, the lobes rounded, bearded inside; stamens 4, protruding.

Fruit - globular drupe, 6-8mm diameter, becoming purple as it ages.

Flowering late winter-early summer.

Indigenous uses - important shrub in Toomelah, Boggabilla, Mungindi & Moree area. They call it the eurah bush & it is regarded as a miracle cure. Leaves boiled & resulting concoction used to treat wounds. The concoction was and still is taken internally to cure a number of ailments. Because it tastes unpleasant a sweet is normally sucked before a spoonful is taken, 3 times a day. Before access to cooking utensils a hole would be dug, leaves heated over coals & then laid on by a person to cure back pain. Old timers also used it as an eye wash.


Common in mallee, bimble box and white cypress pine communities and extends through the mulga, belah-rosewood, bluebush and western bladder saltbush areas; mainly on red earths and solonized brown soils but also in rocky hillside situations and on brown gibber soils; in the drier parts it is a common species along creek banks, on alluvial flats and around ground tanks and waterholes.


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