Australian Native Plants

  Melaleuca styphelioides (Prickly Paperbark)


Melaleuca styphelioides photo
Melaleuca styphelioides (cultivated) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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PRICKLY PAPERBARK FACTS

distribution map showing range of Melaleuca styphelioides in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Prickly Paperbark

Description
The Prickly Paperbark or Prickly-leaved Tea Tree is a tall upright shrub or tree with papery white or light brown bark that peels off in large strips. The leaves are alternate and ovate, growing to 7mm to 15mm long and 3mm to 6mm wide. There are 1530 veins along the length of the leaves. The leaves have pointed tips. Flowers are produced in 2cm long bottlebrush-shaped flower spikes in spring and summer. the flowers are usually in groups of three. Petals are almost circular and about 1mm to 2mm long. The ovoid fruits are grey-brown, woody capsules and about 2mm to 3mm in diameter.

Height
8m - 10m

Spread
6m - 8m

Habitat
Grows in moist locations such as creek banks

Propagation
seed

Wildlife Interest
attracts seed eating birds and insect eating birds

Distribution
New South Wales, Queensland,

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Myrtales
Family:Myrtaceae
Genus:Melaleuca
Species:styphelioides
Common Name:Prickly Paperbark


Relatives in same Genus
  Melaleuca huegelii
  Melaleuca lanceolata
  Melaleuca trichophylla