Melaleuca squamea Labill.

Swamp Honey-myrtle

Nov. Holl. Pl. 2: 28, t. 168 (1806) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Mostly slow shrub to 3 m high, glabrous except for the young shoots and inflorescence axis; bark corky. Leaves alternate, narrowly lanceolate, 5–12 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, veins 3(–5), tip acute, often turned upwards; petiole to 1.5 mm long. Inflorescence a terminal globular head, 1–1.5 cm wide, generally wider than long; axis hairy, growing on into leafy shoot. Flowers each subtended by an ovate, pointed, papery bract; stamens 4–9 per bundle, pink to purple with yellow anthers, claw to 1 mm long, free part of filaments c. 3–5 mm long. Capsules globose, 5–7 mm diam., sepals not persistent. Flowers spring–summer.

Brid, CVU, DunT, Glep, GGr, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Occurs in poorly drained sandy and/or peaty soils in wet heathland areas in the south-west (e.g. near Carlisle River, Portland-Nelson areas), but also locally common on rock-ledges receiving seepage in the Grampians.

Source: Spencer, R.D. (1996). Melaleuca. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-08
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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 squamea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melaleuca squamea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Otway Ranges present native

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South Australia
New South Wales