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Melaleuca capitata Cheel APNI*
Description: Shrub to 2 m high with scaly bark, young branchlets villous.
Leaves alternate, very narrow-elliptic, 10–25 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex acute to apiculate, glabrous; petiole 1.5–3 mm long.
Inflorescences dense heads or short spikes; rachis villous. Flowers solitary within each bract, white to cream. Sepals villous. Petals ± circular, 2.5–3.5 mm long. Stamens 14–22 per bundle; claw 1–2 mm long.
Fruit globose to urceolate, 4–7 mm diam., orifice 2–3 mm diam.; sepals not persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath or dry sclerophyll forest on sandstone; from Bundanoon to Braidwood.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CT, ST
Text by Peter. G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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