Melaleuca quinquenervia—Broad-leaved Paperbark—MYRTACEAE

Melaleuca quinquenervia

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Habitat—Widespread, in coastal swamps and adjoining Rainforest and Littoral Rainforest.

Distribution— North from Botany Bay in New South Wales and into Queensland. Also in New Guinea, New Caledonian and America.

Description—Small to medium sized tree.

Local occurrences

Baumea juncea Sedgeland, Bennett Head Road, Black Head Flora Park, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Casuarina glauca Swamp Sclerophyll Forest and Woodland, Cattai Wetlands, Cellito, Cliff Road, Darawakh RSL War Memoral Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dooragan National Park, Elizabeth Beach, Eucalyptus grandis Wet Sclerophyll Forest, Eucalyptus robusta Swamp Sclerophyll Mallee Forest and Woodland, Eucalyptus robusta/Melaleuca quinquenervia Swamp Sclerophyll Forest and Woodland, Foredune Complex, Forster Cemetery, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Graminoid Clay Heath, Harrington, Headland Complex, Karloo Street Reserve, Kattang Nature Reserve, Khappinghat Nature Reserve, Lansdowne Nature Reserve, Leptocarpus tenax/Baloskion pallens/Schoenus brevifolius Sedgeland, Little Street, Livistona australis Subtropical Rainforest, Melaleuca quinquenervia Swamp Sclerophyll Forest and Woodland, Melaleuca quinquenervia/Casuarina glauca Swamp Sclerophyll Forest and Woodland, Myall Lakes National Park, Ohmas Bay, Old Bar Beach Littoral Rainforest, Old Bar Park Heath, Old Bar Park Mudbishops Point, Old Bar Park Sclerophyll Forest, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Raintrees Diamond Beach, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater National Park, Second Head, Stephen Street Reserve, The Cape Hawke Complex, The Charlotte Head Complex, The Islands, The Sanctuary, The Wallis Lake Sand Barrier, Tiona Park, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park, Wet Heath and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.—Simple, alternate, entire with oil dots. Leaves ± elliptic, 3 to 10 mm long, apex acute to obtuse, base tapered, new growth with appressed hairs becoming hairless with 5 main longitudinal veins, oil dots numerous, strongly aromatic when crushed, petiole 3 to 7 mm long, yellowish.

Melaleuca quinquenervia
Melaleuca quinquenervia

Inflorescence.—In terminal spikes up to 5 cm long, White.

Flowering.—February to May

Fruit.— A capsule, 4 to 5 mm diam, hemispherical, densely clustered on axis, ± hairless.

Ripe.—May to July

Melaleuca quinquenervia