Common name: Cliff Bottlebrush
Callistemon comboynensis Cheel APNI*
Synonyms: Melaleuca comboynensis (Cheel) Craven APNI*
Description: Shrub, usually 1–2 m high, new growth pinkish.
Leaves narrow-oblanceolate or rarely narrow-elliptic, 5–7 cm long, 8–20 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute and usually mucronate, base tapering, thick, leathery, lateral veins distinct, usually with numerous small oil glands.
Spikes usually 6–7 cm long, c. 60–70 mm diam.; rachis silky pubescent. Hypanthia sparsely to densely pubescent. Filaments c. 25 mm long, bright crimson; anthers purple. Capsules c. 4–6 mm diam.
Flowering: irregularly, chiefly March–June.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows mostly on rock outcrops and crevices above 550 m alt.; coastal ranges, north from Lansdowne.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by R. D. Spencer & P. F. Lumley
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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