Australian Native Plants

  Melaleuca squamea (Swamp Honey-myrtle)

Melaleuca squamea photo
Melaleuca squamea flowers

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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 squamea in Australia

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

Common Name
Swamp Honey-myrtle

The Swamp Honey-myrtle is a shrub growing to 2 m tall. The leaves are small with pointed tips, crowded on the stem, and grow 5 mm to 12 mm long and 1 mm to 3 mm wide. The plant flowers in spring. The flowers are lilac or mauve and produced in flower heads about 20 mm in diameter. The fruit capsules are about 5 to 7 mm long.

heathland on wet ground

Swamp Honey-myrtle is found in eastern New South Wales, south western Victoria, south eastern South Australia, Tasmania

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 1 - 3
Spread (m): 1 - 3
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500
Flower Colour: pink, purple
Flower Season: spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Swamp Honey-myrtle

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