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Family: Myrtaceae
Melaleuca lanceolata

Citation: Otto, Horae Phys. Berol. 36 (1820).

Synonymy: M. pubescens Schauer in Walp., Rep. Bot. Syst. 2:928 (1843); M. curvifolia Schldl., Linnaea 20:654 (1847); M. parviflora sensu Tate, Hdbk Fl. Extratrop. S. Aust. 93 (1890), auct. non Lindley; Cajuputi pubescens (Schauer)Skeels, U.S. Dept Agr., Bur. Pl. Ind., Bull. 242:41 (1912). , Melaleuca lanceolata

Common name: Moonah, dryland tea-tree, black tea-tree, moonah honey-myrtle.

Shrub or tree to 10 m high, glabrous except for the softly pubescent young vegetative parts and hypanthium; leaves alternate, linear to narrow-elliptic, 5-15 mm long, 1-3 mm broad, acute and reflexed at the apex, concave above, thicker at the margins, obscurely 3-nerved; petiole c. 1 mm long.

Flowers in 10-20 triads in leafy spikes on axes growing on before flowering; bracteoles deciduous, rounded, c. 0.5 mm long, scarious; hypanthium barrel-shaped, 2-4 mm long, c. 1.5 mm diam.: sepals triangular, 0.5-1 mm long, obtuse, semi-persistent; stamens in bundles of 8-14, white; claw 1-1.5 mm long; free parts of filaments 4-5 mm long, in 2 series;

Fruit smooth, spherical, 4-5 mm diam., truncate or with infolded sepals at the very narrow rim, in spikes on leafy stems.

Published illustration: Costermans (1981) Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, p. 249.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: in summer.

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