Melaleuca groveana Cheel & C.T.White APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree 2–5 m rarely to 10 m high with firm fibrous-papery bark.
Leaves alternate, narrow-elliptic, mostly 20–55 mm long, 3–8 mm wide, apex acute, usually apiculate, glabrous; petiole 1.5–3 mm long.
Inflorescences few- to many-flowered spikes 2–3 cm long; rachis ± glabrous. Flowers solitary within each bract, white. Petals broad-ovate, up to 4 mm long. Stamens 11–26 per bundle; claw 1–3 mm long.
Fruit barrel-shaped, 4–7 mm diam., orifice 2–3 mm diam.; sepals not persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath, often in exposed sites; rare, restricted to higher areas, coastal districts north from Howes Valley and Port Stephens.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable
Text by Peter. G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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