Common name: Willow Bottlebrush
Callistemon salignus (Sm.) Colvill ex Sweet APNI*
Synonyms: Melaleuca salicina Craven APNI*
Description: Large shrub or small tree 3–10 m high; bark papery and peeling; branchlets flexuous; new growth purplish pink.
Leaves narrow-elliptic, mostly 6–9 cm long, 5–14 mm wide, attenuate at both ends, apex acute; midrib, marginal and lateral veins distinct.
Spikes usually 4–5 cm long, 30–35 mm diam.; rachis glabrous to sparsely pubescent at flowering. Filaments creamy-white to yellow, usually 12–15 mm long. Capsules 4–5 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Mostly grows in low-lying river flats and damp creeks, rarely in dry areas; north from the Victorian border.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by R. D. Spencer & P. F. Lumley
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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