Myoporum laetum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Myoporum laetum is the most common form of Myoporum laetum. Myoporum laetum a tree in the family Scrophulariaceae. In Chile, it is known as Miosporo.


It is an evergreen tree that grows to a height of about 10 m, and blooms from late winter to mid-spring. The bark has a brownish cracked appearance.

The leaves, poisonous, have entire edges or something apical dentate and are covered with small translucent glands. The flowers, subactinomorfas pentameras, are hermaphrodites and are organized in axillary summits of 5-10, with calyx pentafida and corolla of 1,5-2 cm of width with petals solos welded between, of white color dotted with purple; the 4 or 5 stamens are exercised with violet anthers and the ovary supero and bilocular is derived in a bright purple globular drupaceous fruit 6-9 mm in diameter with a single quadronular oval seed of epidermis.

Distribution and habitat

It is a native tree of New Zealand

It grows very well in coastal areas and low forests.

In the Iberian Peninsula, frequency in the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Valencian Community, Murcia, Andalusia, Extremadura, Ceuta, Portugal, Canary Islands and generally in areas of warm or mild climate. It is naturalized on roadsides and wastelands of the coast, where it often extends as an invasive plant. It is grown as an ornamental plant or to form hedges in the warmer provinces, where it replaces the aligustre.

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It holds up very close to the sea, wind and sandy terrain. Myoporum laetum is considered an invasive alien plant by the California Invasive Plant Council.

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