Melaleuca hypericifolia Sm.

Trans. Linn. Soc. London 3: 279 (1797) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Dense shrub 1–6 m high; bark hard or somewhat papery; branchlets initially pilose, soon glabrescent. Leaves decussate, narrowly elliptic to obovate, 1–4 cm long, 4–10 mm wide, flat or biconvex, obtuse or acute, soon glabrescent, appearing 1- to faintly 3-veined, oil glands distinct below; petiole c. 1 mm long. Inflorescence a dense many-flowered spike, 3–5 cm long, c. 6 cm wide, borne on short, often leafless lateral shoots; axis pubescent, growing on into a leafy shoot. Flowers 1 per bract; bracts ovate to triangular, to 10 mm long; stamens 16–25 per bundle, red, claw 8–17 mm long, free part of filaments c. 10–16 mm long. Capsules 5–7 mm long, up to 10 mm wide, with persistent sepals. Flowers Sep.–May

*DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR. Also naturalised in SA. Native to the southern and central coast of New South Wales, commonly cultivated, spreading from planted individuals into surrounding (often disturbed and weedy) vegetation in southern Victoria.

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 hypericifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melaleuca hypericifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory