1. Family: Myrtaceae Juss.
    1. Melaleuca L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Indo-China to Australia, New Caledonia, Society Islands.

    [FTEA]

    Myrtaceae, B. Verdcourt, B.Sc., Ph.D.. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2001

    Habit
    Ericoid shrub or tree to 2.5 m with corky bark; leaves linear, 2–2.5 cm long, densely spirally arranged; flowers sessile forming one-sided inflorescences at base of branchlets (a “one-sided bottle brush”); staminal bundles and style crimson, ± 3 cm long.
    [FZ]

    Myrtaceae, F. White. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Distribution
    A small genus of c. 25 species indigenous to Australia and New Caledonia.
    Note
    Their taxonomy is difficult and their nomenclature is uncertain. The capsules are woody and do not fall, so that the older stems consist of segments covered with old fruits alternating with bare segments. Several species are planted for their showy crimson flowers. Their flowers occur in dense or interrupted spikes and have numerous far-exserted filaments giving a bottle-brush appearance. The axis of the inflorescence grows on beyond the flowers and continues to produce leaves. These are the familiar and appropriately named “Bottle-Brush” plants. Several species are planted for their showy crimson flowers.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Borneo, Cambodia, Jawa, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maluku, Myanmar, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New South Wales, Norfolk Is., Northern Territory, Queensland, Society Is., South Australia, Sumatera, Tasmania, Thailand, Victoria, Vietnam, Western Australia

    Introduced into:

    Andaman Is., Bahamas, Belize, Benin, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hawaii, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico Gulf, New Zealand North, Nicaragua, Nicobar Is., Panamá, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad-Tobago, Uganda

    Melaleuca L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    16200.000

    First published in Mant. Pl. 1: 14 (1767)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R., Sobral, N., Ashton, P., Barrie, F., Holst, B.K., Landrum, L.L., Matsumoto, K., Fernanda Mazine, F., Nic Lughadha, E., Proença, C. & al. (2008). World Checklist of Myrtaceae: 1-455. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Mant. Pl. Alt. 1: 14 (1767).

    Sources

    Art and Illustrations in Digifolia
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    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0