Melaleuca styphelioides Sm.

Prickly-leaved Paperbark

A round tree growing to 10 m tall, branching quite low down, with bark thick, spongy and white. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate-lanceolate, 1.5-2 cm long, 4 mm wide, sharply pointed and twisted at the base. Flower clusters forming spikes to 2 cm long. Flowers creamy white with stamens 7-8 mm long; late spring to early summer. Fruit with long-pointed sepals persisting.

Grows naturally on heavy, damp soils between the coast and tablelands.

Qld, NSW.

VIC: Balwyn (Maranoa Gds); Box Hill (Rowland St, a fine avenue); Burnley (College grounds, 11 m, ptd c. 1947); Camberwell (Hopetoun Ave, also a fine avenue); Fitzroy (Gds); Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds, Treasury Gds). M. bracteata F. Muell., Black Tea-tree (River Tea-tree), is similar but has hard, not papery bark, leaves with 5-11 (not 15-30) parallel veins and flowers in spring.

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.