platycarpum vs perbellum
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Trees iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Mallee Sandalwood (Myoporum platycarpum ssp perbellum)|
|This Photo:||Purple spots on Flower|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
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.