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Melaleuca linariifolia Sm.

Trans.Linn.Soc.London 3:278 (1797)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Large tree, to 10 m high, paperbark. Fl. white, Sep to Dec or Jan. Grey sand, shale. Slopes, edges of lakes, wet sites, coastal areas.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 25 September 2002


IBRA Regions
Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions
Local Government Areas (LGAs)

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

General Biology. Growth form. Tree. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Wind, water. Seedbank persistence. Short, days -1 year. Fire response. Resprouts from epicormic buds on trunk and stems following fire. Seed is released from woody fruit in the canopy and germinates readily in post fire conditions.

Additional information. Origin. NSW. History of use/introduction. Garden escape, amenity plantings close to bushland.

Suggested method of management and control. Hand remove seedlings. Cut trees to base and paint with 50% glyphosate. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Flowering Y                 Y Y Y  
Fruiting Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Optimum Treatment Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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