Melaleuca nodosa stenostoma Domin
Myrtoleucodendron uncinatum (R.Br.) Kuntze
Common Name: Broom Honeymyrtle
Melaleuca uncinata is an erect, multi-stemmed, evergreen shrub growing from 1 - 4 metres tall[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials
Australia - Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, southern Northern Territory, Western Australia.
Grows in mallee, woodland and dry sclerophyll forest, usually on sandy soils[
]. A widespread plant, often forming dense stands[
]. Usually found on sandy gravelly soils of fairly arid inland areas[
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A plant of mainly warm temperate to subtropical areas, just moving into the tropical zone in Queensland. It is known to tolerate temperatures down to at least -7°c when dormant, though only if the wood has been properly ripened by a hot growing season.
Requires a fertile, well-drained moisture retentive lime-free soil in full sun[
]. Prefers a soil that does not contain much nitrogen[
Seed takes about 12 months to develop on the plant, the woody seed capsules persist for 3 or more years[
Any pruning is best done after the plants have flowered with the intention of maintaining a compact habit[
Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
Pectoral. The leaves are chewed to relieve catarrh[
The branches are often cut and used in the construction of brush fences[
An essential oil is obtained from the leaves, it has a peppermint flavour and is used medicinally[
Wood - hard, durable, apt to split on drying[
]. The dried branches are used in brush fences[
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