Australian Native Plants

  Melaleuca brevifolia (Mallee Honey-myrtle)

Melaleuca brevifolia photo
Melaleuca brevifolia growing near the Coorong

Photograph by Kym Nicholson. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

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 brevifolia in Australia

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

Common Name
Mallee Honey-myrtle

Other Names
Short-leaf Honey-myrtle

The Mallee Honey-myrtle is a shrub (or sometimes a tree) growing 4 m tall. The leaves are small and narrow and grow 3 mm to 7 mm long, 1 mm to 2 mm wide. The plant flowers in spring and early summer from September to December. The flowers are white to creamy yellow and produced in spike-like clusters. The fruit capsules are about 4 mm in diameter.

heathland , shrubland, around swamps, lakes , streams

The Mallee Honey-myrtle is found in western Victoria, south east of South Australia and the south west of Western Australia

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 2 - 4
Spread (m): 2 - 4
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 400
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Mallee Honey-myrtle

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