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Myoporum laetum var. decumbens

Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Tribe: Myoporeae
Genus: Myoporum
Species: M. laetum
Scientific name:  Myoporum laetum var. laetum.
Common name: Ngaio


This plant is poisonous
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Myoporum laetum var. laetum is a variation of Myoporum laetum.   
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The photos below were taken Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve and are of Myoporum laetum var. decumbens.
Myoporum laetum var. decumbens is included within M. laetum regarding it as merely one extreme of a continuous range of variation present in the species. Aside from leaf shape and size there are no other distinguishing characters.

The surface of the leaf spotted with glands
 

Underside of a leaf

The fine serations towards the tips.