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Family: Myrtaceae
Melaleuca brevifolia

Citation: Turcz., Bull. Phys. Math. Acad. Petersb. 10:342 (1852).

Synonymy: M. ericifolia sensu Tate, Hdbk Fl. Extratrop. S. Aust. 93 (1890), auct. non Smith; M. fasciculiflora sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 410 (1926), auct. non Benth.; M. neglecta Ewart & B. Wood, Proc. Roy. Soc. Vic. 23:60 (1910); M. oraria J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 69:309 (1945).

Common name: Mallee honey-myrtle, D'Altons melaleuca.

Tall shrub 2-3 m high, glabrous except for the sparsely pubescent young shoots; leaves alternate or rarely in whorls of 3, compressed, narrowly linear-lanceolate, 4-8 mm long, c. 1 mm broad, obtuse and slightly reflexed at the apex, wrinkled and with 2 rows of large glands distinct and nerves indistinct on the lower surface, petiole c. 0.5 mm long.

Flowers in lateral clusters of 1-6 on a very short axis; subtended by several scarious ovate bracts in 4 series; hypanthium cup-shaped, c. 2.5 mm long; sepals narrowly triangular, c. 1 mm long; stamens in bundles of 8-16, pale-cream; claw c. 1.5 mm long; free parts of filaments 2-4 mm long, in 2 series.

Fruit corky, thick, cup-shaped, 3-4 mm long, 4-5 mm diam., in clusters on old wood.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: EP, NL, MU, SL, KI, SE.   W.Aust.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: in spring.

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