Melaleuca leucadendra

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Weeping paperbark
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M. leucadendra in Keatings Lagoon near Cooktown.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Melaleuca
Species:
M. leucadendra
Binomial name
Melaleuca leucadendra
(L.) L.
Synonyms
  • Myrtus leucadendra L.

Melaleuca leucadendra is a tree known as the weeping paperbark. It belongs to the Melaleuca genus. It is found in the northern parts of Australia (Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland). It is also found further north in the Solomon Islands and in New Guinea.[1]

Melaleuca leucadendra is similar to the broad-leaf paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia), which has a thick spongy bark. However, M. leucadendra has brighter green foliage a slightly weeping habit.[1]

Melaleuca leucadendra also has the common name 'Cajuput tree', from the Malay word kayu putih – meaning "white wood". Cajuput oil can be got from its leaves.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Burke's Backyard Archives 1998 – Weeping Paperbark".