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Family: Myrtaceae
Melaleuca halmaturorum

Citation: F. Muell. ex Miq., Nederl. Kruidk. Arch. 4:122 (1856).

Synonymy: M. pustulata sensu Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:160 (1867), partly, auct. non Hook. f. , Melaleuca halmaturorum

Common name: South Australian swamp paper-bark, kangaroo honey-myrtle, salt (or kangaroo or coastal) paper-bark.

Spreading shrub or straggling tree 2-7 m high, glabrous except for the shortly pubescent young shoots and bracts; leaves decussate, linear-lanceolate, 3-7 mm long, 1-2 mm broad, compressed-flattened, blunt, punctate-glandular; nerves obscure; petiole distinct, c. 1 mm long.

Flowers in heads consisting of a few crowded lateral clusters and a terminal cluster, each cluster of 2-6 flowers on a very short axis and subtended by several broadly lanceolate concave scarious bracts in 4 series, each flower subtended by a bract and 2 similar bractcoles; axis of terminal cluster growing on; hypanthium cup-shaped, 2-3 mm long; sepals narrowly triangular, 1.5-2 mm long, semipersistent in fruit; stamens in bundles of 6-12, white; claw 1.5-2 mm long; free parts of filaments 3-4 mm long.

Fruit scaly, cup-shaped, 3-4 mm long, 3.5-4 mm diam., weakly lobed at the rim, in short spikes and associated lateral clusters on leafy stems.

Published illustration: Costermans 1981) Native trees and shrubs of southeastern Australia, p. 251.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: EP, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: spring.

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