Mallee Sandalwood
platycarpum vs perbellum
Massive Tree
Mallee Sandalwood (Myoporum platycarpum ssp perbellum)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Trees
Order: Mints (Lamiales)
Family: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Mallee Sandalwood (Myoporum platycarpum ssp perbellum)
This Photo:     🔍Purple spots on Flower🔎

Thank you Ralph Foster for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
1st Live Photo's on-line: Upright small tree with white flowers and long green leaves.
Ours all have lilac spots in the flowers, whereas many of our ssp platycarpums don't.
Our ssp perbellums flowered a bit later than ssp platycarpum.
Apparently ssp perbellum is smaller that ssp platycarpum; but we can't easily notice the difference due to different aged trees.
The easiest way we differentiated was with the flower: ssp perbellum has lobes that are longer than the flower tube, while ssp platycarpum doesn't.
It seems the bracts are longer on ssp perbellum than ssp platycarpum as well, however, we haven't seen this in the literature so don't know if it's a reliable key.

Copyright © 2013-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 06-Dec-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)