Shrub to 4 m tall; bark hard, often corky. Leaves alternate, linear, 1.2-2.5 cm long, 1 mm wide, tip acute and bent back slightly. Flower spikes dense, towards the base of branchlets, 3-7 cm long. Flowers creamy; spring to early summer. Stamens 16-18 per bundle, white or rarely pink; fused portion 5-6 mm long. Fruit capsule 3-5 mm wide, sepals mostly persistent.
Forms with pink and mauve flowers are available.
Qld, NSW, Vic, Tas.
VIC: Dandenongs (Hamer Arboretum, ptd 1976).
Source: (2002). Myrtaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.