Melaleuca linariifolia Sm.

Trans. Linn. Soc. London 3: 278 (1797) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Shrub or small tree 2–10 m high; bark papery; branchlets initially pubescent, soon glabrescent. Leaves decussate, linear or narrowly elliptic, 1–3 cm long, 1–3 mm wide, flat or concave above, acute, soon glabrescent, 1- or faintly 3-veined, oil glands sometimes distinct; petiole c. 1 mm long. Inflorescence a many-flowered spike, 1.5–4 cm long, mostly 2–3 cm wide; axis pubescent or glabrous, usually growing on into a leafy shoot. Flowers often opposite, 1 per bract; bracts variable, short and ovate to leaf-like; stamens 30–60 per bundle, white to cream, claw 8–16 mm long, filaments attached along margin and at apex of claw, free portion to c. 3 mm long. Capsules 2.5–4 mm long and wide, sepals somewhat persistent. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

*GipP, *Gold, *VVP. Also naturalised in WA. Native to coastal areas of Queensland and New South Wales, known in Victoria from a population at Puckapunyal, where sparingly established.

One of the most commonly used species in street plantings in the suburbs of Melbourne.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-06-27
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-14
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Melaleuca
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Melaleuca linariifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melaleuca linariifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory