Moonah Melaleuca lanceolata, from Ken Sarkies.

Belongs within: Melaleuceae.

Melaleuca is a genus of over 200 species of trees and shrubs found mostly in Australia. Many species are known as 'paperbarks' due to their production of a thick bark that peels away in thin sheets. Other species, such as the black tea tree M. bracteata, have hard, rough bark whereas yet others have fibrous bark. A few species have become notorious as invasives in other parts of the world such as the broad-leaved paperbark M. quinquenervia in Florida. Cajuput M. cajuputi is used commercially as a source for essential oil.

Characters (from Wilson 2011): Leaves opposite, alternate or irregularly arranged; petiolate, sessile or peltately attached. Inflorescences terminal or axillary, spike- or head-like, the terminal bud usually growing on, occasionally aborting. Flowers pentamerous, white, yellowish, pink, red or mauve; sepals small, triangular to semicircular; petals free; stamens numerous, fused into bundles opposite petals; anthers dorsifixed, versatile; ovary half-inferior, trilocular, with several to many erect ovules in each loculus; style filiform, stigma simple or capitate. Fruit a loculicidal capsule, only rarely exserted from the fruiting hypanthium; seeds linear. 2n=22, 24 or 33.

<==Melaleuca L. 1767 KC01
    |--M. acerosa HR01
    |--M. acuminata G04b
    |--M. adnata G04b
    |--M. agathosmoides G04b
    |--M. alsophila LK14
    |--M. argentea LK14
    |--M. bracteata M65
    |--M. cajuputi LK14
    |--M. cardiophylla G04b
    |--M. cliffortioides G04b
    |--M. conothamnoides M93
    |--M. cordata G04b
    |--M. coronicarpa G04b
    |--M. corrugata Black ex Eardley 1965 E65
    |--M. cucullata G04b
    |--M. cuticularis SM06
    |--M. dealbata LK14
    |--M. deanei von Mueller 1887 M87
    |--M. decora [incl. M. genisitifolia] C74
    |--M. densa GK00
    |--M. eleuterostachya EF04
    |--M. elliptica M87
    |--M. eriantha M87
    |--M. ericifolia SN08
    |--M. foliolosa M87
    |--M. fulgens G04a
    |--M. genistifolia C16
    |--M. globifera FS54
    |--M. glomerata MLP09
    |--M. halmaturorum G04b
    |--M. howeana P82
    |--M. hugelii M99
    |--M. hypericifolia MB08
    |--M. incana M99
    |--M. irbyana M65
    |--M. johnsonii G04b
    |--M. lanceolata G04b
    |--M. lateriflora G04b
    |--M. lateritia GK00
    |--M. laxiflora G04b
    |--M. lecanantha OS04
    |--M. leiocarpa G04a
    |--M. leptoclada GK00
    |--M. leucadendra LK14
    |    |--M. l. var. leucadendra C16
    |    `--M. l. var. cunninghami C16
    |--M. linariifolia B14
    |--M. minutifolia LK14
    |--M. nematophylla G04a
    |--M. nervosa LK14
    |--M. nesophila WO05
    |--M. nodosa M65
    |--M. parviflora M87
    |--M. pauciflora GK00
    |--M. pauperiflora G04b
    |--M. pentagona G04b
    |--M. phoidophylla G04b
    |--M. preissiana RL06
    |--M. pritzelii GK00
    |--M. pubescens FS54
    |--M. pungens G04b
    |--M. quadrifaria G04b
    |--M. quinquenervia C74
    |--M. radula S95
    |--M. rhaphiophylla SM06
    |--M. rigidifolia G04b
    |--M. saligna C16
    |--M. sapientes G04b
    |--M. sericea LK14
    |--M. sieberi M65
    |--M. spathulata GK00
    |--M. squarrosa SN08
    |--M. striata CFH05
    |--M. styphelioides B00
    |--M. subtrigona OS04
    |--M. symphyocarpa C16
    |--M. systena SM06
    |--M. teretifolia SM06
    |--M. teuthidoides G04b
    |--M. thymifolia C08
    |--M. thymoides GK00
    |--M. tuberculata OS04
    |--M. uncinata OS04
    |--M. viminalis LK14
    |--M. viminea SM06
    |--M. violacea GK00
    `--M. viridiflora WO05 [=M. leucadendron var. viridiflora C16]

*Type species of generic name indicated


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