Melaleuca and Allied Genera Study Group

This Group was formed in about 1990 with the aim of studying the cultivation and propagation of the genus Melaleuca and related plants. There was originally a separate group allocated to each of the genera Melaleuca and Callistemon. However, when the Callistemon group was closed, it seemed logical to include it with Melaleuca (given the close relationship of the two genera) and to also include other related genera within the Leptospermum Alliance (eg. Leptospermum, Kunzea, Calothamnus, Beaufortia and Eremaea. There was also an earlier Study Group, the Beaufortia and Allied Genera Study Group, which also studied some of these genera.

Although this Study Group is now closed, the Group's newsletters from issue 1 to 33 can be downloaded from the links below. It is not known if there were any subsequent newsletters after issue 33.

Melaleuca megacephala    Callistemon phoeniceus 'Pink Ice'
Left: Melaleuca megacephala. Right: Callistemon phoeniceus 'Pink Ice'.
Photos: Brian Walters


During the Group's period of operation, its newsletters documented reports from members into cultivation issues, propagation methods and natural occurrences of different species. These reports assisted in assessing the suitability of various species for cultivation in a range of climatic zones and in preparing articles for the Society's journal Australian Plants. The reports were also used to compile a checklist of species and their performance under cultivation in a range of districts. The checklist, running to about 80 pages was published in 1999.

Further information on the characteristics and cultivation of Melaleuca, Callistemon and related plants is available from the following links.

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