Melaleuca parvistaminea

Rough-barked Honey-myrtle

Dense or open upright shrub or small tree. Rough scaly bark.

Additional information

  • FamilyMyrtaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size2-4 m x 3-5 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 3-25 m
  • LeavesRough narrow leaves, either scattered or rings of 3, 4-11 mm x c. 1 mm, tip blunt. Protruding oil glands on lower surface.
  • Flower colourCream
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • FlowersCovered in short dense terminal spikes to 10-25 mm x 1 cm. Small woody capsule.
  • Bird attractingGeneral - food and habitat
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist poorly drained shallow infertile soil in riparian woodland. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useProvide a screen or thicket in moist areas and along watercourses.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Aboriginal Use Oil from leaves - medicine, stem and root - clubs, nectar - drink.
  • Related speciesDistinguish from Melaleuca ericifolia which suckers to form large thickets, has flaky bark, shorter but slightly wider flower spikes and indistinct oil glands on the leaves.
Photographer/s: 1, 3-5 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Ken Harris ©

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