Myoporum is from the Greek myo to close, and Latin porum a pore and is a reference to the densely glandular punctate leaves. Small trees or shrubs, maybe deciduous; leaves simple, usually opposite, leaves maybe much reduced. Flowers bisexual, regular to very irregular, 5-merous, calyx and corolla distinct, petals fused, stamens epipetalous, a staminode maybe present. Carpels 2, ovary 2-locular; fruit indehiscent, drupe.