Melaleuca styphelioides Sm.

Trans. Linn. Soc. London 3: 275 (1797) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Shrub or small tree, 3–10(–20) m high; bark papery or hard; branchlets pubescent. Leaves alternate, sessile, ovate to broadly ovate, 4–25 mm long, 2–7 mm wide, often twisted or concave above, apex tapered to a pungent point, margins ciliate, faintly 15–30-veined, oil glands sometimes distinct. Inflorescence a few- to many-flowered dense spike, 1–2 cm long, to c. 2.5 cm wide; axis pubescent, growing on into a leafy shoot. Flowers usually in triads; bracts leaf-like; stamens 12–26 per bundle, white, claw 3–5.5 mm long, free part of filaments c. 4–6 mm long. Capsules 2–3.5 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, sepals somewhat persistent. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

*GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP. Native to coastal areas of Qld and NSW.

Known in Victoria from a sparingly established population at Puckapunyal and isolated records along the Yarra River

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-06-27
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-08
Distribution map
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 styphelioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melaleuca styphelioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory