Melaleuca styphelioides var. styphelioides —Prickly-leaved Paperbark—MYRTACEAE

Melaleuca styphelioides var. styphelioides

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Habitat— In and on the margins of Subtropical and Littoral Rainforest. Mainly on the margins of Rainforests in New South Wales but inside Rainforests from Noosa to Maryborough in Queensland.

Distribution— North from Nowra in New South Wales to Maryborough in Queensland.

Description— Small tree.

Local occurrences

Barrington Tops National Park, Bennett Head Road, Black Head, Brimbin Nature Reserve, Bulahdelah State Forest, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cattai Wetlands, Cellito, Coorabakh National Park, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area, Darawakh RSL War Memoral Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, Harrington, Karloo Street Reserve, Khappinghat Nature Reserve, Kiwarrak State Forest, Kiwarrak State Forest (Old Bar Section), Lansdowne Nature Reserve, Myall Lakes National Park, Old Bar Park Mudbishops Point, Old Bar Park Sclerophyll Forest, Raintrees Diamond Beach, Ramada Resort Diamond Beach, Red Head, Saltwater National Park, Stephen Street Reserve, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire with translucent oil dots, leaves less than 3 cm long. Leaves often twisted, lanceolate to ovate, 0.5 to 2.5 mm long, apex acute to acuminate and pungent–pointed, base rounded, softly hairy or hairless with 5 to 11 longitudinal veins, oil dots obscure, petiole about 1 mm long.

Melaleuca styphelioides var. styphelioides
Melaleuca styphelioides var. styphelioides

Inflorescence.—In spikes up to 2 cm long below the growth of new shoots, creamy.

Flowering.—November to December

Fruit.—A capsule, hemispherical, 2.5 to 6 mm diam; topped with persistent sepals.

Ripe.—Autumn

Melaleuca styphelioides var. styphelioides