Micromyrtus ciliata (Sm.) Druce

Heath-myrtle

Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles. 636 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub 0.3–1 m high, spreading or erect. Leaves oblong to obovate, more or less trigonous, crowded, 1.5–4 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide; apex usually acute; margins minutely ciliate. Flowers white or pink (usually pink in bud), subsessile, solitary in upper axils, forming terminal head-like clusters; bracteoles 2–5 mm long, caducous; hypanthium 2–5 mm long, with 5 ribs (ribs sometimes branched just below sepals); sepals semi-orbicular, to 1 mm long, membranous, margins entire or minutely toothed; petals broadly elliptic, 1.5–4 mm long, 1–2 mm wide; stamens usually 5, filaments 1–1.5 mm long, straight. Sepals persistent on fruit. Flowers mainly Aug.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGU, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, RobP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, ACT. Widespread in drier inland parts of Victoria, often on Mallee sand-hills and in rocky places.

2 forms of Micromyrtus ciliata are found in Victoria. On sandy soils in the north-west it grows as a stiffly erect bush with mainly white flowers, whereas in rocky areas it assumes a more sprawling, procumbent habit with flowers heavily tinged with deep pinkish colorations.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Micromyrtus
Higher taxa

Victoria

Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Micromyrtus ciliata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Micromyrtus ciliata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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State
Western Australia
South Australia
Queensland
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
Victoria