Mallee Sandalwood
platycarpum vs perbellum
Ellura
Sugarwood
Massive Whole Tree
 
    
Mallee Sandalwood (Myoporum platycarpum ssp perbellum)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Trees
Order: Lamiales
Family: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
Species: Mallee Sandalwood (Myoporum platycarpum ssp perbellum)
This Photo:     Purple spots on Flower

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
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 perbelums flowered a bit later than ssp platycarpum.
Apparently ssp perbelum 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 perbelum has lobes that are longer than the flower tube, while ssp platycarpum doesn't.
It seems the bracts are longer on ssp perbelum 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 © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Jan-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)