Common name: Mountain Bottlebrush
Callistemon montanus C.T.White ex S.T.Blake APNI*
Synonyms: Melaleuca montana (S.T.Blake) Craven APNI*
Description: Erect shrub or small tree to 6 m high; new growth pinkish brown.
Leaves narrow-oblanceolate, often with one side straighter than the other, 5–10 cm long, 6–11 mm wide, apex ± acute, margins often recurved, pale green; midrib, intramarginal vein and lateral veins distinct.
Spikes 3–5 cm long, c. 60 mm diam. Petals densely hairy on the undersurface. Filaments crimson, c. 25 mm long; anthers red-brown. Capsules 7–8 mm diam., often deflexed, orifice sunken.
Flowering: spring to summer and sporadically throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in shallow soils, near cliffs, in coastal ranges north from the Mullumbimby district.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by R. D. Spencer & P. F. Lumley
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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