Callistemon shiressii Blakely APNI*
Synonyms: Melaleuca shiressii (Blakely) Craven APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree, 1.5–12 m high; bark pale, papery.
Leaves narrow-lanceolate, 2–4 cm long, 6–8 mm wide, apex acute to ± acuminate and pungent, margins often recurved, lower surface paler and with distinct lateral veins, midrib prominent.
Spikes usually 3–5 cm long, c. 2 cm diam.; rachis densely tomentose when flowering. Filaments 8–10 mm long, white to pale cream.
Fruit c. 5 mm diam., smooth, apex constricted, soon shed.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on shale ridges, in moist eucalypt forest and rainforest gullies, occasionally along riverbanks; chiefly from Colo R. to Gosford district, also Howes Valley to Bulga district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, CWS
Text by R. D. Spencer & P. F. Lumley
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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