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1Australian a small Australian tree, Myoporum montanum (family Myoporaceae), valued for its timber.
2Australian the tree Pittosporum undulatum (family Pittosporaceae), native to Australia and grown in gardens there for its fragrant flowers.
3NZ either of two small New Zealand shrubs, Pimelea longifolia and P. prostrata (family Thymelaeaceae), with fragrant flowers.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Joseph Maiden (1859–1925).
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