Australian Native Plants

  Melaleuca pulchella (Claw Honey-myrtle)

Melaleuca pulchella photo
Melaleuca pulchella, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Victoria

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Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Melaleuca pulchella in Australia

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Common Name
Claw Honey-myrtle

Other Names
Claw Flower

The Claw Honey-myrtle is a spreading shrub growing 2 m tall. The leaves are small and grow 2 mm to 6 mm long and 1 mm to 3 mm wide. The plant flowers in spring and summer from September to February. The flowers are pink or mauve and produced in flower heads about 20 mm in diameter. The outer stamens curve inwards giving the flower a claw shape. The fruit capsules are about 6 mm in diameter.

heathland, sandplains, sand dunes, swamps

The Claw Honey-myrtle is found in the south coast of Western Australia from Hopetoun to Israelite Bay,

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 0.5 - 2
Spread (m): 1 - 2
Soil Texture: loam, clay
Soil pH: soils with pH less than 8
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 400
Flower Colour: pink / purple
Flower Season: spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Claw Honey-myrtle

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