Paper bark tea tree
Melaleuca fluviatilis, Fam. Myrtaceae
Shrub or small tree to 30m with weeping branchlets and foliage and layered papery bark.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree, Med tree|
Simple, alternate, entire, narrowly to very narrowly elliptic or narrowly obovate, 4.5-18 x 0.5-1.9cm, usually with scattered hairs and five to seven prominent parallel veins.
White, Yellow, Cream, Green
|Flower description:||Spikes of yellowish green, cream, white or yellowish flowers, up to 4cm wide. Late autumn to winter.|
|Fruit description:||Brown, woody, cup shaped capsules, 2.5-4 x 3.2-6mm.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (riverine or riparian) forest.|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory.|
|Food source for:||Nectar eaten by the little and silver crowned friarbirds, the banded, bar-breasted blue-faced, brown, brown backed, dusky, grey fronted, red headed, rufous throated, singing, white throated honeyeaters and the yellow throated miner. Flowers and buds eaten by the golden shouldered and red winged parrots.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Grow from seed.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|