Smith, Trans. Linn. Soc. 3:278 (1797) var. trichostachya (Lindley)Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:141 (1867).
Synonymy: M. trichostachya Lindley in T.L. Mitchell, J. Trop. Austral. 277 (1848); Metrosideros hyssopifolia Cav., Icon. 4:20, t. 336 (1797); M. stricta Horl. ex Dum.-Cours., Bot. Cult. edn 2, 5:375 (1811).
Common name: Narrow-leaved honey-myrtle.
Tree to 10 m high, glabrous except for the pubescent young shoots, bracts and rhachis: leaves mostly decussate, often displaced or spiral distally on the stems, linear-lanceolate, 15-25 mm long, 1-2 mm broad, acuminate-acute, finely gland-dotted and with visible midrib on both surfaces, sessile.
Flowers 6-20 in monads (mostly in opposite pairs) in mostly terminal spikes with the axis growing on; bracts deciduous, grading from leaf-like to scarious and ovate and c. 2 mm long; bracteoles ovate, c. 1 mm long; hypanthium bell-like, c. 1.5 mm long; sepals narrowly triangular, 1-1.5 mm long, semipersistent; stamens in bundles of 30-60, white; claws 5-8 mm long; free parts of filaments arising pinnately, 1-2 mm long.
Fruit thin, turbinate, c. 1.5 mm high, 2-4 mm diam., with protruding valves, in distant spikes on woody stems.
N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.
Flowering time: in winter and spring.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
S.Aust. plants belong to var. trichostachya (Lindley)Benth., which probably should have subspecific or specific stalus. Carrick & Chorney (1979) considered M. trichostachya to be a distinct species not occurring in S.Aust.
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