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Myrtle-leaf milkwort (Polygala myrtifolia)

Invasive Assessment | Impact Assessment | Potential Distribution

Scientific name:Polygala myrtifolia L

Common Name:

Myrtle-leaf milkwort (Bellarine pea)


Not declared noxious in Victoria.


The species is commonly found in coastal areas on shallow soils over calcrete or deep calcareous sands (Carter
et al, 1990). It is known to establish in dune systems, coastal bluffs and also in shrublands and woodlands (Muyt, 2001). Furthermore it has been noted to establish in heathlands and heathy woodlands, mallee, lowland, grassland and grassy woodland, dry sclerophyll forests and riparian vegetation (Carr et al, 1992).

Photo: Myrtle-leaf milkwort infestation at Mornington
Myrtle-leaf plant
Photo: Mark Imhof
Photo: Myrtle-leaf milkwort flower
Myrtle-leaf milkwort flower
Photo: Mark Imhof
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