Melaleuca erubescens Otto APNI*
Synonyms: Melaleuca diosmatifolia Dum.Cours. APNI*
Melaleuca ericifolia var. erubescens Benth. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 2 m high with hard, rough bark.
Leaves alternate, ± terete, usually 5–12 mm long, c. 0.5 mm wide, apex apiculate, glabrous; petiole c. 0.5 mm long.
Inflorescences many-flowered spikes 1–4 cm long; rachis glabrous. Flowers solitary within each bract, pink. Petals ovate, c. 2 mm long. Stamens 15–30 per bundle; claw 3–6 mm long.
Fruit shortly cylindrical, 4 mm diam., orifice 2 mm diam.; sepals persistent as undulations on the rim.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in open forest, in areas subject to flooding; on the coast in the Sydney region, and in inland districts north from Griffith.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Some botanists consider that M. diosmatifolia Dum. Cours is the correct name for this taxon.
Text by Peter. G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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