Melaleuca gibbosa Labill.

Slender Honey-myrtle

Nov. Holl. Pl. 2: 30, t. 172 (1806) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Wiry shrub to 3 m high, glabrous except for fine indumentum on young stems or scattered hairs; bark hard and fissured on old plants. Leaves decussate, more or less sessile, mostly obovate, 2–6 mm long, 1–4 mm wide, obtuse, gland-dotted and generally distinctly 3-nerved on both surfaces, tip recurved. Inflorescence a short spike, to c. 2 cm long, 1–1.5 cm wide; axis sparsely hairy, growing on into a leafy shoot. Flowers in up to 10 pairs per spike, mostly at the base of lateral leafy stems and subtended by leaf-like bracts, terminal or with tip growing into a leafy shoot; hypanthium attached to the stem across a broad base; stamens 8–20 per bundle, pink to purple, claw c. 0.5–1 mm long, free parts of filaments 2.5–5 mm long. Capsules flask-shaped to spherical, c. 4 mm wide, eventually becoming submerged in the swollen leafy stem. Flowers late spring and summer.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, GGr, LoM, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, Tas. Grows mostly in wet heathland on sandy soils in south-western Victoria, but with a disjunct occurrence between Seaspray and Dutson in the east.

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 gibbosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melaleuca gibbosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory