Common name: Weeping Paperbark
Melaleuca irbyana R.T.Baker APNI*
Synonyms: Melaleuca tamariscina subsp. irbyana (R.T.Baker) Barlow APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 8 m high with spongy, papery bark.
Leaves alternate, appressed, elliptic to ovate, 2–3 mm long on short lateral shoots, 3–5 mm long on main shoots, 1–1.5 mm wide, apex acute to acuminate, glabrous; sessile.
Inflorescences few- to many-flowered spikes 1–2.5 cm long; rachis sparsely hairy. Flowers mostly in threes within each bract, white to cream. Petals ± circular, c. 1.5 mm long. Stamens 6–12 per bundle; claw 2.5–4 mm long.
Fruit nearly globose, 3.5–4 mm diam., orifice 1–2 mm diam.; sepals ± persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in open eucalypt forest on poorly drained sites; north from the Casino district.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered
Text by Peter. G. Wilson
Taxon concept: L.A. Craven & B.J. Lepschi (1999)
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