Melaleuca nodosa

Ball Honeymyrtle

Family:            Myrtaceae

Plant:              A dense shrub or small tree up to 2m high with brownish corky or papery bark.

Flowers:         Cream to pale yellow with numerous stamens and arranged in terminal and axillary globular heads 1-1.5cm diameter. The sweet perfume of the flowers is more noticeable in the early morning.

Flowering:      September-November.

Fruit:               Tiny capsule, 2-4mm diameter fused into dense globular clusters up to 1cm diameter that surround the stems.

Leaves:          Rigid linear 1-2cm long and 1-3mm wide with a stiff sharp tip and oil dots. The leaves are crowded and alternate.

Habitat:           Heathland and wet sclerophyll forest – usually on marshy ground.

Features:       Globular head of fluffy cream flowers. Rigid leaves. Papery bark on trunk. Clusters of woody fruit capsules on stems.

Name:

Melaleuca       From Greek melas = black and leucos = white (referring to its black wood and white branches)

nodosa           From Latin = knotted or knobby (referring to its fruit capsules)

Search Criteria

 

Type

Shrub, Tree

Flowers

Form

Globular, Cluster

 

Colour(s)

Cream, Yellow

 

Petal/Sepal No.

-

 

Flowering Month

9, 10, 11

Fruit

Type       

Capsule

 

Colour

Brown

 

Other Features

Woody, Hard

Leaves

Arrangement

Alternate, Crowded

 

Type       

Simple

 

Shape

Linear, Needle-like

 

Length    

Short

 

Margins  

Entire

 

Attachment

Unstalked

 

Other Features

Sharp-tip

Bark

Papery/Flaky, Corky/Flaky

Habitat

Wet sclerophyll forest,  Heathland