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: 6 cultivated taxa.

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armillaris (Sol. ex Gaertn.) Sm.
genistifolia Sm.
hypericifolia Sm.
lateritia Otto
leucadendron L.
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
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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, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Melaleuca.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2112, retrieved 27 September 2021

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