Cajeput Tree, Paperbark

Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Melaleuca
Species: leucadendra
Main Flower Colour: Cream

Description

A familiar sight along watercourses and in swamps across northern Australia. A medium sized tree with bright silvery green foligae and a slightly weeping habit. Bottlebrush flowers range in colour from white through cream to pale green. All branches are covered with thick spongy "paper" bark that peels off in layers.

Flowering start in March and ends in October.

Identification

The main flower colour is cream. Weeping habit, white to greenish bottlebrush flowers, white paper-bark.

Uses

Cajeput oil can be distilled from the leaves. Flowers provide honey. The timber of Melaleuca leucadendra is used by Indigenous Australians in the manufacture of dugout canoes. The timber is also used in a variety of commercial applications including railway sleepers, fence posts and mine props.

References

http://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/5932

Created: 01 Jun 2014 - Member - John and Val
Updated: 21 Nov 2014 - Member - John and Val

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Location

Bio Regions

NOK - Northern Kimberley

DAC - Darwin Coastal

GUP - Gulf Plains

PIL - Pilbara

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