Greek myo — I close, poros — pore, referring to the closed appearance of the leaf glands
Shrubs or small trees. Leaves alternate or occasionally opposite, margins entire or toothed, stalkless but often tapering to a narrow base. Flowers 1-12 in the leaf axils, regular, white to pink, often spotted, lobes similar or occasionally weakly 2-lipped. Stamens 4, projecting, though sometimes only slightly.ovary 2- or 4-chambered, rarely more,1 ovule per chamber. Fruit mostly succulent, rarely dry.
A genus with species useful for ornament, groundcover and hedging.
Seed or cuttings, groundcovers by layering.
Flowers regular; fruit mostly fleshy.
About 30 species from SE Asia to the Pacific and Mauritius. Australia has about 17 species, 16 endemic.
Source: (2002). Myoporaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.