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Genus: Myoporum

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Scrophulariaceae

Myoporum tenuifolium has become naturalised along the southern Cape coast. An additional four species are cultivated in southern Africa. Myoporum was previously placed in the Myoporaceae, which is now synonymised with Scrophulariaceae.

Myoporum sp. in garden (Kleinmond, Western Cape, South Africa).


Myoporum tenuifolium subsp. montanum (Manatoka) is a declared Category 3 invader plant in South Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Myoporum tenuifolium


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Myoporum insulare

Native to Australia.


Myoporum laetum (Ngaio, New Zealand manatoka)

Native to New Zealand. 


Myoporum montanum (Boobialla, Water Bush)

Native to eastern Australia.


Myoporum serratum (Manatoka)

Native to Australia.



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