5603.000 Melaleuca L.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate or opposite-decussate, petiolate or sessile, lamina leathery, secondary veins basal and parallel to leaf axis or pinnate. Inflorescence spikes, arranged in spikes or heads and pseudo-terminal or lateral. Flowers bisexual; hypanthium sub-globose or campanulate; sepals 5, caduceus or persistent; petals 5. Fruit capsules, semi-globose to globose, apically dehiscent. Seeds obovoid, testa thin.

Derivation of name: from the Greek: melas meaning black, and leukos, white, because the first Melaleuca described had white branches against a black trunk, possibly blackened by fire.

Worldwide: 246 species in Indo-China to Australia.

Zimbabwe: 18 cultivated taxa.

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SpeciesContent
alternifolia (Maiden & Betche) Cheel
armillaris (Sol. ex Gaertn.) Sm.
bracteata F. Muell.
decussata R. Br.
elliptica Labill.
ericifolia Sm.
genistifolia Sm.
hamulosa Turcz.
huegelii Sm.
hypericifolia Sm.
incana R. Br.
lateritia Otto
leucadendron L.
linariifolia Sm.
nesophila F. Muell.
nodosa (Sol. ex Gaertn.) Sm.
quinquenervia (Cav.) S.T.Blake
styphelioides Sm.

Other sources of information about Melaleuca:

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Flora of Malawi: cultivated Melaleuca
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Melaleuca
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Melaleuca

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Melaleuca
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Melaleuca
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Melaleuca
Wikipedia: Melaleuca
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Melaleuca
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Melaleuca

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Melaleuca.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2112, retrieved 21 May 2022

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