Common name: Golden Bottle Brush, River Tea Tree, Black Tea tree, Prickly Leaved Tea Tree
Botanical name: Melaleuca bracteata Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)
Synonyms: Melaleuca genistifolia, Melaleuca monticola
Golden Bottle Brush is a charming small tree, growing up to 15 m high with
hard, fissured bark. The branches are slender, hanging down like
bottle-bush branches, to which it is closely related. The leaves are
initially golden, and turn green with time. Leaves are alternate,
narrow-ovate to ovate, only 1–2.8 cm long, 1.5–3 mm wide, tip sharp.
Flowers are small creamy, tiny bottle-brushes 1.5–3.5 cm long, appearing in
spring. Flowers are solitary or in threes within each bract. In its native
habitat in Australia, it grows along creek banks. Attracts insects and
bees. Timber is durable and useful for posts and poles. Oil is used to
increase the potency of some insecticides.
|Photographed in India International Centre, Delhi.|