Melaleuca wilsonii F.Muell.

Violet Honey-myrtle

Fragm. 2: 124 (1861)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Widely spreading shrub to 2 m high, glabrous except for young shoots and hypanthium; bark rough, flaking or corky on older stems. Leaves decussate, linear-lanceolate, 8–15 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, acuminate, acute, more or less sessile, distinctly oil-dotted on lower surface only, nerves 3 but faint. Flowers in lateral clusters, often almost continuous along stem for 10 cm or more; clusters of 2–5 flowers on a short stalk and subtended by papery triangular bracts; stamens 7–15 per bundle, pale to dark pink or lilac, claw 5–7 mm long, free part of filaments 3–4 mm long. Capsules 3–5 mm wide, corky with persistent pointed or rounded sepals on the rim. Flowers spring.

Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, Wim. Also SA. Mostly on seasonally inundated, poorly draining, sandy or clay soils in mallee or dry woodland communities.

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 wilsonii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melaleuca wilsonii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present cultivated
Greater Grampians present native
Strzelecki Ranges present cultivated

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales