Native Plants Queensland
Townsville Branch
           PO Box 363 Aitkenvale Qld 4814

 

 

 

 

 

Melaleuca viridiflora

Broad-leaved Paperbark

Myrtaceae

Melaleuca viridiflora

Form and Size: A small erect or straggly tree, 3-10m high

Distribution: Across northern tropical Australia; along streams, in swampy areas, and often in dense stands in open woodlands

Leaves: Broad, oval, flat, stiff, thick, smooth, dull dark green, 5-7 longitudinal veins, 7-19cm x 2.5-5.5cm;
new growth hairy, pink to mauve

Bark: grey to cream, fibrous, papery layers

Flowers: Cream or greenish-cream, occasionally red or pink; borne on dense cylindrical spikes 5-10cm x 4-6cm,
carried in groups of 1-4

Flowering Period: November to June

Fruit:  Capsules, woody, 0.3-0.5cm x 0.4- 0.6cm

Cultivation/Notes:  Propagate from seed
Adaptable to a wide range of soils and conditions,
but does well on heavy clays which are waterlogged in the wet
 

Melaleuca viridiflora