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Common name: Swamp Paperbark
Melaleuca ericifolia Sm. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 8 m high with corky bark.
Leaves scattered or in whorls of 3, linear, mostly 7–15 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, veins not conspicuous, apex acute, glabrous; petiole to 1 mm long.
Inflorescences many-flowered dense spikes 0.7–1.7 cm long; rachis shortly tomentose. Flowers solitary within each bract, white. Petals circular, c. 1 mm long. Stamens 5–7 mm long, 7–13 per bundle; claw to 2 mm long.
Fruit cylindrical, 2.5–4 mm diam., orifice 1.5–3 mm diam.; sepals persistent but obscure.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and dry sclerophyll forest, along stream banks and in low-lying coastal swamps; south from the Hastings R.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by Peter. G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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