Common name: Megalong Valley Bottlebrush
Callistemon megalongensis (Craven & S.M.Douglas) Udovicic & R.D.Spencer APNI*
Synonyms: Callistemon sp. Megalong Valley (Craven, Mallinson & Douglas 10442) APNI*
Melaleuca megalongensis Craven & S.M.Douglas APNI*
Melaleuca sp. Megalong Valley (Craven, Mallinson & Douglas 10442) APNI*
Description: Shrub to 2.5 m high; branchlets velutinous to sericeous, glabrescent; bark subpapery.
Leaves coriaceous, glabrescent; lamina narrow-elliptical, 35–55 mm long, 3.5–5 mm wide; apex narrowly acute, pungent; petiole short, 2–2.5 mm long.
Inflorescence spike-like, 30–40 mm wide; flowers single, c. 40–50 per infloresence. Hypanthium hairy, c. 3.5 mm long; sepals glabrescent, semicircular, 1–1.5 mm long; petals broadly ovate, greenish, 2.5–3 mm long; stamens numerous, filaments pink, 12–15 mm long, anthers dark reddish; style 17–19 mm long.
Capsules c. 5.5 mm long, 6 mm wide, narrowing towards the opening.
Flowering: Spring to early Summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Restricted to a small section of the eastern Megalong Valley.
Shrubby swamp communities.
NSW subdivisions: CT
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Critically Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Critically Endangered
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: L.A. Craven; generic concept modified by Udovicic & Spencer (2012)
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