Melaleuca salicina (Synonym:Callistemon salignus )—Willow Bottlebrush, White Bottlebrush—MYRTACEAE

Callistemon salignus

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Habitat—On margins of subtropical, dry and littoral rainforests.

Distribution— North from Sydney in New South Wales to Miriam Vale, Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree to 15 m high.
Bark: papery and peeling.
Branchlets: flexuous. New growth: pinkish red to purplish pink.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort Barrington/Gloucester Tops Black Head Black Head Flora Park Booti Hill Burgess Beach Cape Hawke Cellito Charlotte Head Cliff Road Copeland Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland Diamond Beach Diamond Beach LRF Dixon Property Golden Ponds Reserve Knappinghat Nature Reserve Red Head Seven Mile Beach and Green Point Tiona Waitui Falls Wallamba River Area Wallingat National Park Wingham Brush Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, oil dots present, narrow−elliptic, mostly 6 to 9 cm long, apex drawn out to a long fine point, base tapered, margins entire, firm and leathery, slightly glossy, lower surface paler and less glossy.
Young leaves pinkish and covered in silky hairs.
Venation: lateral and marginal veins distinct, Oil dots often distinct.
Petiole: 2 to 3 mm long.

Callistemon salignus
Callistemon salignus

Inflorescence—: Spike—like inflorescence, 4 to 5 cm long, creamy white to yellow, scented.

Flowering.—September to November.

Fruit— A capsule, hemispherical 4-5 mm diam., woody, clustered on stems.

Ripe.—Capsules persistent for many years.

Callistemon salignus