Melaleuca uncinata R.Br.

Broom Honey-myrtle

in W.T.Aiton, Hortus Kew., edn 2, 4: 414 (1812) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

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

Erect broom-like shrub to 3 m high; bark papery on old stems. Leaves sessile or subsessile, terete, rarely slightly flattened, c. 1.5–5.0 cm long, c. 1 mm wide, tip narrowly acute, recurved, glands usually present. Inflorescence a dense, shortly pedunculate, globoid or obloid head, c. 1–2 cm long; axis hairy, growing on into a leafy shoot. Flowers in triads; stamens 4–8 per bundle, white to yellow, claw c. 2 mm long, free part of filaments c. 3–4 mm long. Capsules c. 3 mm wide, aggregated into dense globular clusters. Flowers mostly in spring.

Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, VRiv, Wim. WA, SA, Qld, NSW (native and naturalised). Locally common on shallow, sandy soils overlying laterites and shales on ridges within dunefields of the north-west mallee, and through the Bendigo Whipstick and other mallee outliers in north-central Victoria. Sparingly established at Black Rock.

Source: Spencer, R.D. (1996). Melaleuca. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-08
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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 uncinata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melaleuca uncinata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales