Common name: broad-leaved paperbark
Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) S.T.Blake APNI*
Description: Tree usually 10–15 m high with papery bark.
Leaves alternate, lanceolate to elliptic, 30–70 mm long, 8–24 mm wide, apex obtuse, with 5 prominent longitudinal veins, mostly hairy with appressed hairs; petiole 4–10 mm long.
Inflorescences many-flowered spikes, mostly 2–5 cm long; rachis densely hairy to almost glabrous. Flowers in threes within each bract, white or cream or sometimes greenish. Petals obovate, 2–4 mm long. Stamens 8–12 mm long, 6–10 per bundle; claw 1.5–2 mm long.
Fruit broad-cylindrical, 4–5 mm diam., orifice 3–4 mm diam.; sepals not persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in coastal swamps and around lake margins, north from Botany Bay.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
See Bush foods of New South Wales for more information.
Text by Peter. G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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