Callistemon purpurascens S.M.Douglas & S.David APNI*
Description: Shrub c. 3.5(–7) m high; bark slightly fissured and flaking on the trunk and main branches.
Leaves coriaceous, usually glabrous, but occasionally with a few hairs towards the base; lamina narrow-obovate, 30–70 mm long, 5–8(–11) mm wide; apex acute to acuminate, mucronate.
Inflorescence spike-like, 40–48(–55) mm wide; flowers single, c. 20–60 per infloresence. Hypanthium tuberculate, downy-hairy, 3–4 mm long; sepals sparsely hairy with scarious margins; stamens numerous, filaments purple, 17–23 mm long, anthers dark purple to brown; style 18–23 mm long.
Capsules 8–10 mm wide, globose to barrel-shaped.
Flowering: early Summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Only known from the vicinity of two unnamed tributaries of Megalong Creek.
Riparian shrubland, swamp woodland and swamp forest.
NSW subdivisions: CT
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Critically Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Critically Endangered
Text by Peter G. Wilson, September 2016.
Taxon concept: Douglas & Wilson (2015)
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