Common name: Deane's Melaleuca
Melaleuca deanei F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 3 m high with fibrous-flaky bark.
Leaves alternate, narrow-elliptic to oblanceolate, usually 12–25 mm long and 3–6 mm wide, apex apiculate, glabrous; petiole up to 2.5 mm long.
Inflorescences many-flowered spikes 2–6 cm long; rachis villous. Flowers solitary within each bract, white. Petals broad-ovate, 3–5 mm long. Stamens 17–28 per bundle; claw 1.5–2 mm long.
Fruit barrel-shaped, 5.5–7 mm diam., orifice 3 mm diam.; sepals not persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in wet heath on sandstone; uncommon, in coastal districts from Berowra to Nowra.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
Text by Peter. G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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