Australian Native Plants

  Melaleuca huegelii (Chenille Honey Myrtle)


Melaleuca huegelii photo
Melaleuca huegelii, cultivated, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Melaleuca huegelii in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Chenille Honey Myrtle

Description
The Chenille Honey Myrtle is a medium to large shrub or small tree. There are two subspecies - Melaleuca huegelii huegelii which has white flowers and M. huegelii pristicensis which has mauve to pink flowers. The plant produces profuse clusters of bottlebrush flowers 50mm to 75mm long near the ends of the branches in early summer. The flower buds are also attractive. The leaves are very small and held against the stems like scales. In its natural habitat, M. huegelii has dry summers, but can be grown successfully in the eastern states where summer conditions are much wetter.

Height
1m - 8m

Spread
2m - 6m

Habitat
coastal areas on limestone cliffs, dunes and plains.

Propagation
can be propagated easily from seed or cuttings.

Wildlife Interest
attracts honeyeaters

Distribution
southern and central western coastal areas of Western Australia. Subspecies pristicensis is found in the northern part of the range around Shark Bay on central WA coast.

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Myrtales
Family:Myrtaceae
Genus:Melaleuca
Species:huegelii
Common Name:Chenille Honey Myrtle


Relatives in same Genus
  Melaleuca lanceolata
  Melaleuca styphelioides
  Melaleuca trichophylla