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Myoporum (emu bushes; family Myoporaceae) A genus of small trees and shrubs that have alternate leaves and small creamy-white or lavender flowers with a short corolla tube and cream, yellow, or purple drupes. M. laetum is a timber tree. There are 32 species found mainly in Australia, but also in eastern Mauritius, eastern Asia, eastern Malesia, New Zealand, and Hawaii.