(Myoporum platycarpum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Myoporum platycarpum
Myoporaceae

The manna obtained from the stems can be used as an adhesive cement[167].

The plant yields a resin[154, 156]. No more details are given, though these reports could be referring to the manna.

Wood – perfumed. Used for veneers and cabinet making, it is a sandalwood substitute[154, 156, 167].

  • Medicinal Use

    Laxative[152].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[46, 61]. Caution is advised, see the notes above on possible toxicity.

    A sweet manna exudes from the stems[46, 154, 156, 167]. It is a popular local delicacy[61, 144]. The manna cannot be induced to flow by wounding the stem[144].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no records of toxicity have been found for this species, the fruits of at least some members of this genus are known to contain liver toxins and can be harmful in large quantities[173].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 – 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Pot up in the autumn. Good percentage[78].
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Easily grown in most soils[167]. Succeeds in dry soils[200].
Australia – New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria.

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