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Threatened species

Megalong Valley Bottlebrush - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Callistemon megalongensis
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Critically Endangered
Gazetted date: 31 May 2013
Profile last updated: 23 Jan 2019


A bottlebrush shrub to 4.5 m with narrow 30-45 mm leaves. Flowers in spikes of 40-50, 35 mm wide, with pinky purple stamens. Fruit 5 mm long. Correct identification of this species is largely reliant on it being in flower and it may be easily mistaken for the locally common species Callistemon citrinus.


Known only from 8 sites within a small section of the eastern Megalong Valley in the western Blue Mountains. This species is primarily restricted to shrub swamps in the immediate vicinity of Nellies Glen Road, with populations extending along the associated downstream watercourses and into the fringing vegetation of Megalong Creek. Riparian populations beyond the shrub swamps are low in density and numbers and are little more than linear outliers of the core swamp-based occurrences.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in shrubby swamp habitat and swampy woodland. Associated species include Callistemon citrinus, Leptospermum morrisonii, L. juniperinum, L. polygalifolium, L. obovatum, Empodisma minus and Grevillea asplenifolia with occasional emergent Melaleuca linearifolia and Eucalyptus camphora.
  • Flowers from mid-November to early December although this can vary with seasonal conditions. Resprouts after fire.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern HighlandsBathurst Known within 20km of Megalong Valley
Sydney BasinBurragorang Known within 20km of Megalong Valley
Sydney BasinWollemi Known within 20km of Megalong Valley