Melaleuca halmaturorum F.Muell. ex Miq.

Ned. Kruidk. Arch. 4: 122 (1856) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

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

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Shrub or small tree to 7 m high, glabrous except for young growth and occasional scattered hairs; bark pale, papery. Leaves decussate, linear-lanceolate to narrowly oblanceolate, 3–7 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, obtuse, distinctly gland-dotted at least below, veins obscure; petiole c. 1 mm long. Inflorescence a short terminal head, consisting of clusters 8–13 mm wide, each of 2–5 flowers on a short bracteate stalk, each flower with bracts and, generally, bracteoles; axis glabrous, growing on into a leafy shoot; sepals narrowly triangular, pointed, semi-persistent; stamens 5–12 per bundle, white, claw 1.5–2 mm long, free part of filaments 3–5 mm long. Capsules cup-shaped, 3–4 mm long and wide in short spikes and leafy lateral clusters. Flowers spring.

GGr, LoM, MuM, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA and SA. In Victoria mostly fringing salt lakes in the north-west (where becoming rare), with an isolated near-coastal occurrence on saline ground at Tyrendarra, near Portland.

Plants in Western Australia were previously treated as distinct subspecies, Melaleuca halmaturorum subsp. cymbifolia (Benth.) Barlow.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-06-24
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 halmaturorum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melaleuca halmaturorum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory