Shrub to 2 m or so tall with fleshy stems. Leaves to about 0.5 m long, waxy-blue. Leaflets 7–11, ovate-oblong, toothed, 6–12 cm long, 2–2.5 cm wide; stipules to 10 cm long. Flower clusters russet-red, to about 70 cm long; spring to summer. Fruit capsule 3–4 cm long, bladder-like and net-veined; seed black, shiny, 2 per chamber.
Naturalised in Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
M. comosus Vahl, Tufted Honeyflower, from South Africa, Lesotho and Namibia is a slightly downy shrub with free stipules and, although no longer cultivated, has become naturalised in South Australia and Victoria.
Created by: Rob Cross
Updated by: Rob Cross, June 2018