Calytrix tetragona Labill.

Common Fringe-myrtle

Nov. Holl. Pl. 2: 8, t. 146 (1806) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub 0.5–3 m high, erect or spreading; branchlets pubescent to glabrous. Leaves linear to narrowly ovate, thick, crowded, mostly inclined to stem, mainly 1–7 mm long, rarely to 15 mm long, c. 0.5 mm wide, usually with many scattered, stiff hairs, apex blunt or minutely mucronate. Flowers white or pink, usually profuse, borne in dense clusters in upper leaf axils; bracteoles usually connate and persistent; hypanthium 7–15 mm long, adnate to style for part of its length; calyx-lobes ovate to suborbicular 1–2.5 mm long, apex produced into an awn to 17 mm long; petals elliptic to lanceolate, 3.5–7.5 mm long; stamens 23–45. Flowers mainly Sep.–Feb.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, RobP, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread, but scattered across most of Victoria particularly in sandy and gravelly soils and on rock outcrops.

A puzzlingly variable species with respect to habit, hairiness and aroma of leaves, flowering period, flower colour, length of awns on sepals etc. Distinctly different forms may occur within the same area (e.g. northern Grampians), and locally the differences may be constant, but when patterns of variation between characters are considered for a wide range of forms, the significance of individual characters appears less convincing. A detailed investigation of the variation within C. tetragona is warranted.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Myrtaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Calytrix
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Calytrix tetragona in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calytrix tetragona in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory