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Family: Myrtaceae
Melaleuca rhaphiophylla

Citation: Schauer in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1:143 (1844).

Synonymy: M. hamulosa sensu Ising, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 81:168 (1958), auct. non Turcz.

Common name: Needle-leaved honey-myrtle.

Shrub or small tree to 5 m high, glabrous except for the pubescent very young shoots; leaves alternate, compressed and narrow-linear to terete, 1-2 cm long, 0.5-1 mm broad, tapered to a curved or hooked point, distinctly punctate-glandular when young; petiole obscure, 1-2 mm long.

Flowers 25-40 in monads in elongate spikes with the axis growing on before flowering; bracts deciduous, narrow-triangular, 4-5 mm long, acuminate, scarious; bracteoles deciduous, rounded, c. 0.5 mm long, scarious; hypanthium somewhat flask-shaped, with an elongate attachment to the rhachis, c. 1.5 mm long, 2-3 mm diam.; sepals triangular, c. 0.5 mm long, acute, with a scarious margin; stamens in bundles of 15-20, white; claw 4-5 mm long; free parts of filaments arising pinnately from the upper half of the claw, 2-3 mm long.

Fruit finely scaly, nearly spherical, 4-5 mm diam., truncate to weakly toothed at the thick rim, at maturity partly immersed in the inflated rhachis on woody stems.

Distribution:    W.Aust.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: in spring.

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