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Melaleuca leucadendra (L.) L.

Mant.Pl. 105 (1767)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Tree, 5-30 m high. Fl. green/cream/white, Mar to Aug or Oct. Sand, alluvium, sandstone. Along watercourses, swamps.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 9 January 1996


IBRA Regions
Central Kimberley, Dampierland, Darwin Coastal, Great Sandy Desert, Northern Kimberley, Ord Victoria Plain, Pilbara, Swan Coastal Plain, Victoria Bonaparte.
IBRA Subregions
Berkeley, Chichester, Fitzroy Trough, Hart, Keep, McLarty, Mitchell, Mount Eliza, Pentecost, Perth, Pindanland, Purnululu.
IMCRA Regions
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Ashburton, Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara, Halls Creek, South Perth, Wyndham-East Kimberley.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

General Biology. Growth form. Tree. Reproduction. seed. Dispersal. Wind, water. Vegetative regeneration strategy. Resprouts. Seedbank persistence. Canopy, long, 5+ years/soil,short, days-1 year. Fire response. Produces new shoots and stimulates mass germination of seedlings.

Additional information. Origin. Northern Australia. History of use/introduction. Garden escape, restoration plantings.

Suggested method of management and control. Hand pull seedlings. For older plants, cut and paint using 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 Y  

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



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