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Common name: Flax-leaved Paperbark, Budjur (Gadigal)
Melaleuca linariifolia Sm. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 10 m high with papery bark.
Leaves opposite to ± opposite, narrow-elliptic to linear-lanceolate, 20–45 mm long, 2–3.5 mm wide, apex acute, glabrous; petiole c. 1 mm long.
Inflorescences many-flowered spikes up to 4 cm long; rachis glabrous or sparsely pubescent. Flowers solitary within each bract, white. Petals obovate to broad-elliptic, c. 3 mm long. Stamens 30–60 per bundle; claw 8–15 mm long.
Fruit cylindrical to subglobose, 3–4 mm diam., orifice c. 2 mm diam., valves level with the orifice; sepals tardily caducous.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and dry sclerophyll forest in moist or swampy ground; on the coast and adjacent ranges, north from Bawley Point.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter. G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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