Melaleuca macronychia

Family: Myrtaceae

Melaleuca macronychia is a medium-sized shrub that will reach a height of 3 metres with many branches.

Leaves are lanceolate, blue-green and up to 4 centimetres long.

The striking flowers are held in large, cylindrical spikes, up to 6 cm long, bright red and carried on short lateral branches. Flowering begins in summer and continues for many months. Remove the spent brushes. The blue-green foliage contrasts with the flowers.

Blooms are followed by clusters of sperical capsules that bunch along the branches.

Melaleuca macronychia comes from inland areas near Coolgardie and north of Esperance, Western Australia.

In the garden

Melaleuca macronychia is an eye-catching plant with its red bottlebrush-like spikes and would enhance a native garden bed.

Propagation

Propagate from seed and cuttings.

Other information

The species name is from the Greek, macros meaning large and onyx meaning a claw. This refers to the way the staminal bundles curl.

It is one of a number of Western Australia species with great horticultural potential.

 

By Warren and Gloria Sheather