Mallee Honey-myrtle
Fruit, end
Mallee Honey-myrtle
Fruit, Remaining Spike
Mallee Honey-myrtle (Melaleuca acuminata ssp acuminata)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Trees
Order: Myrtles (Myrtales)
Family: Myrtle (Myrtaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Mallee Honey-myrtle (Melaleuca acuminata ssp acuminata)
This Photo:     Fruit, Remaining Spikes

Thank you Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Looks very similar to M. lanceolata. Up close they are quite different once you study them carefully:
  1. Larger leaves (this is what we first noticed)
  2. The leaves are oposite. Each pair of leaves is roughly 90 deg (at right angles) to the previous pair. But overall the leaves have a slight spin to them when looking down the branch. The M. lanceolata leaves are adjacent but still offset to each other in a pattern. As such, you can see 4 leaves in a whorl (acuminata) rather than 5 (lanceolata)
  3. The leaves have dark spots under
  4. The leaves are flat, rather than nearly cylindrical & succulent. Both are pointy with a longitudinal curve
  5. Flowering in Spring instead of Autumn
  6. We think the fruit falls off on the M. acuminata leaving spikes. It makes it appear this species doesn't fruit when found 10 months after fruiting.
  7. The fruit, or seed pods, are more cylindrical
  8. The flowers are randomly scattered, not in bottlebrushes

Buds are ~2mm wide, leaves ~2mm wide & ~6mm long

Similar Species: Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata)

Copyright © 2014-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 08-Oct-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)