Meleleuca gibbosa is a medium sized, dense rounded shrub 6′ high and wide with attractive foliage. The small leaves are ovate to obovate and arranged in opposite pairs with each pair of leaves at right angles to each other (known as decussate). Leaves are aromatic when crushed. In spring and early summer, it has small mauve to pink flowers which fade to white.
Flask-shaped fruits are woody and become embedded in the stem. Seeds are retained in fruiting capsules.
Pronunciation: me-luh-LOO-kuh gib-OH-suh
Species Meaning: Swollen on one side
Melaleuca gibbosa is native to Australia.
Can be pruned to manage shape and size.
These plants were grown from seed and required no treatment before sowing. Seed is easy to collect and is best collected from fruit capsules which are 1 to 2 years old. After collecting seed, place into a non-airtight container. Sow thinly and germination takes about 14 days approximately. It can also be grown from semi hard wood cuttings taken in summer. Use a rooting hormone such as Clonex.
6/9/18 Good germination. Growing on outdoors
12/30/18 Doing well. Will need potting up soon.
10/20 – 1 planted out in Gondwana. Others remain in pots
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Plant ID: P20147 | Seed ID: S1802
Found in Gondwana,
On the third tier slightly right of center.