Micromyrtus is a small genus of about 22 species, all of which occur naturally only in Australia. M.ciliata is the best known member of the genus and is widely cultivated. M.blakelyi is a low, spreading shrub to about 0.5 metres high with narrow, linear leaves up to 4.5 mm long. In spring the small, pink flowers are cup-shaped with five petals and appear along the stems in the leaf axils.
Micromyrtus blakelyi is virtually unknown in cultivation but should be successful in sunny, or lightly shaded, well drained conditions.
Propagation can be carried out from seed, if available, and propagation from cuttings of hardened, current season’s growth should be successful.
* EPBC Act = Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999;
ROTAP = Rare or Threatened Australian Plants (Briggs and Leigh, 1988)
For further information refer the Australian Plants at Risk page
Photo: Brian Walters