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Myoporum laetum Ngaio

October 2nd 2005

Myoporum laetum Ngaio

Myoporum laetum Ngaio (myo-closed,shut, poros pores, openings referring to the glands on the leaves. laetum -bright, vivid, attractive leaves)
 A shrub or small tree reaching 10 m. Leaves bright green and glaborous, 3-10 cm. with a flattened petiole up to 3cm. The leafblade has small spotted glands termed pellucid glands. White flowers,10 mm diameter, 2-6 together on peduncles (stems) up to 15mm. long. Drupe: 6-9mm., pale to dark reddish purple. In exposed coastal places plant may be low-growing or prostrate.
Kermadecs, Three Kings, North Cape to about lat.46 and Chathams, where it may have been introduced .Coastal to lowland forests. A handsome and hardy coastal shrub.

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Life-size Guide to New Zealand Native Ferns: Featuring the Caterpillars Which Feed on ThemA Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New ZealandGardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native PlantsTrees and Shrubs of New ZealandThe Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Native Trees



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