Melaleuca nesophila F.Muell.

Fragm. 3: 113 (1862) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Dense spreading shrub or small tree 1-3(–5) m high; bark papery; branchlets glabrescent. Leaves alternate, obovate to elliptic or narrow-obovate to narrow-elliptic, c. 1–3 cm long, 4–10 mm wide, flat, acute or obtuse with a blunt mucro, 3- or 5-veined, oil glands obscure, petiole c. 1 mm long. Inflorescence a dense terminal globoid or obloid head, to up c. 3 cm wide; axis shortly pubescent, growing on into a leafy shoot. Flowers in triads; stamens 7–10 per bundle, purple to mauve, claw 1–3.5 mm long, free part of filaments c. 6–9 mm long. Capsules 3–5 mm long, 5–7 mm wide, sepals somewhat persistent. Flowers Jul.–­Mar.

*GipP, *HSF, *OtP. Also naturalised in SA. Native to the south coast of Western Australia, widely cultivated, becoming naturalised in coastal areas near Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, and near Anglesea.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-06-28
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-07-22
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 nesophila in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melaleuca nesophila in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales