Water Bush (Myoporum montanum)

Shrub
M. acuminatum.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Water Bush
Myoporum montanum
Myoporaceae

The plant can be used as a hedge or screen[157].

Wood – soft but tough[154].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[144]. Bitterly aromatic and salty sweet[193]. The purplish fruit is 5 – 7mm in diameter[265]. Caution is advised, see notes above on toxicity.

  • 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.

Become ungovernable, break the chains of the matrix; grow and forage your own food and medicine.

*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.