Common name: Mallee Honey-myrtle
Melaleuca acuminata F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 4 m high with rough, scaly bark.
Leaves opposite to ± opposite, narrow-elliptic, 5–10 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, apex acuminate, mucronate, glabrous; petiole 1–2 mm long.
Inflorescences lateral clusters of 3–6 flowers on a very short rachis. Flowers solitary within each bract, white or sometimes tinged with pink. Petals ± circular, c. 2 mm long. Stamens 9–17 per bundle; claw 3–5 mm long.
Fruit subglobose, 3–5 mm diam., orifice 1–2 mm diam., sepals persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in mallee communities on sandhills; rare, confined to the Balranald district.
NSW subdivisions: SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A. W.A.
Text by Peter. G. Wilson
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