Melaleuca fulgens R.Br.

Scarlet Honey-myrtle

Shrub to 3 m tall with branches sometimes arching. Leaves decussate, narrowly lanceolate, to about 3 cm long, 4 mm wide. Flower spikes to 5 cm long on lateral growths on the old wood; spring to early summer. Flowers orange to pinkish or red but with golden anthers. Fruit capsules to about 1 cm long.


Others with a similar flower form include the following: M. fulgens subsp. steedmanii (C.A. Gardner) Cowley, with broad, flat, obovate leaves and filaments arising on the front, not the sides of the united stamen base; M. lateritia A. Dietr., Robin Red-breast Bush, from WA, with alternate leaves 1-2 cm long, flat, the stamens 1.5-2.5 cm long, orange-red to crimson, united only briefly at the bundle bases; and M. radula Lindl., Graceful Honey-myrtle, from WA, with decussate leaves and flowers white, mauve or pink.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Myrtaceae. In: Spencer, R.. 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.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Myrtales
family       Myrtaceae
genus        Melaleuca L.