Shrub (dense or open) to a small tree < 6 m tall. Leaves lance-shaped to elliptical, 3-10 cm x 1-2 cm, glossy green. Green sticky leaf buds. Flowers in groups of up to 8 clustered in the leaf bases in late spring-summer, white or occasionally pale pink with purple spots in the throat (6-8 mm diameter). Fleshy, pink-purple/black fruits up to 10 mm diameter.
Terrestrial: Mainly coastal (has been widely planted).
Birds, gravity, accidental plantings.
Where naturalised, Tasmanian ngaio competes with the native ngaio as the natural habitats are very similar. Tasmanian ngaio is commonly planted in the mistaken belief that it is the native species. Can be distinguished from native ngaio (Myoporum laetum). Tasmanian ngaio has leaf buds which are light green, flowers less than 10 mm wide and fruit which are deep purple and almost as wide as long. New Zealand ngaio has black buds, leaves dotted with glands and larger flowers (10-15 mm).
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