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Family: Myrtaceae
Melaleuca bracteata

Citation: F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 1:15 (1858).

Synonymy: M. glaucocalyx Gand., Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr. 65:26 (1918); M. genistifolia Smith var. coriacea Ewart, L. Kerr & Derrick, Proc. R. Soc. Vic. ser. 2, 38:84 (1926); M. monticola J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 58:179 (1934); M. daleana Blakely, Aust. Nat. 11:9 (1941).

Common name: Bracteate honey-myrtle, river tea-tree.

Shrub or tree to 6 m high, glabrous except for the pubescent young vegetative parts and hypanthium; leaves alternate, narrow-elliptic, 4-10 mm long, 1.5-2.5 mm broad, acute, distinctly punctate-glandular, obscurely 3-nerved, sessile.

Flowers 8-16 in monads or in 6-10 triads in terminal spikes with the axis growing on; bracts leaf-like, 3-4 mm long, semipersistent, becoming somewhat scarious; bracteoles deciduous, linear, c. 1.5 mm long, scarious; hypanthium cup-shaped, c. 2 mm long; sepals triangular, c. 1 mm long, acute, distinctly nerved; stamens in bundles of 15-25, pale-yellow; claw 2-3 mm long; free parts of filaments arising pinnately from the upper half of the claw, 2-3 mm long.

Fruit papery, cup-shaped, c. 2.5 mm diam., toothed at the rim or eventually truncate, in short spikes on slender leafy stems.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NW, FR.   All mainland States.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: apparently irregularly.

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