Melaleuca armillaris. BRACELET HONEY MYRTLE. Western Australia
MYRTACEAE (Myrtle family)
Bracelet honey myrtle has needle-like leaves an inch long or less and hooked at the tip. The small, white, five-petaled flowers combine to form a spike 1 or 2 inches long. After the fruit has set, the capsules cluster tightly around the stem. On casual inspection the flowers resemble those of Callistemon; the difference is that the stamens are arranged in five fused bundles instead of being separate on a continuous ring, as for Callistemon. As with other myrtles, the leaves have oil glands and give off a pleasant aroma when crushed. Specimens on Mirada Avenue have disappeared.
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Name derivation, genus | species Greek mela (black) and leukos (white) because some species of the genus have black trunks with white branches | bracelet or collarRelated material: |