26 May 2015

Melaleuca cordata - Heart-leaf Honey Myrtle

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Melaleuca cordata - Heart-leaf Honey Myrtle

Despite having a very open growth habit, Melaleuca cordata is remarkably ornate having both attractive flowers combined with interesting leathery heart shaped leaves; the purple/pink flowers can commonly be found at various times of the year, although locally they mostly appear during November and December. It is a low spreading shrub rarely growing taller than a metre (3’), although it has been recorded growing to twice that height, but probably then crowded by taller vegetation.

Melaleuca cordata is mainly an inland species occurring in a band from around 100 km (60 miles) NW of Esperance to the Kalbarri region, preferring a sandy soil in flattish country preferably with a gravel substrate, where although not becoming waterlogged, moisture would be retained for prolonged periods. These habitats are generally moderately open, tall shrubby zones, bordering heath and/or mallee woodland.

Melaleuca is part of the large and highly diverse Myrtaceae family.