Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) S.T.Blake

Broad-leaved Paperbark

Tree to 10 m or so tall with papery bark. Leaves alternate, lanceolate to elliptic, 3-7 cm long, 1-2.5 cm wide, blunt and with 5 prominent longitudinal veins. Flower heads in spikes 2-5 cm long. Flowers 3 per bract, white to cream or green; autumn to winter. Fruit capsules 4-5 mm wide.

Widely cultivated in NSW and S Qld, especially as a street tree. There are good specimens in Centennial Park, Sydney.

New Guinea, NSW, Qld.

Large leaves with 5 prominent longitudinal veins, cf. M. leucadendra.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Myrtaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Myrtales
family       Myrtaceae
genus        Melaleuca L.