Melaleuca ericifolia Sm.

Swamp Paperbark

Trans. Linn. Soc. London 3: 276 (1797) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Root-suckering shrub or small tree to 7 m high; bark papery. Leaves scattered or in whorls of 3, linear, 7–19 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, tip more or less blunt, often recurved, veins obscure, glands sometimes present mostly on lower surface but hardly protruding; petiole to 1 mm long. Inflorescence a short spike, 1–1.7 cm long and wide; axis shortly hairy, soon growing out into a leafy shoot; flowers 1 per bract; stamens 5–7 mm long, 7–12 in a bundle, cream to white, claw to 2 mm long, free part of filaments 3–6 mm long. Capsules 2.5–4 mm wide with an undulate rim produced by persistent remains of sepals. Flowers spring.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. Grows mostly at low elevations in moist, often seasonally inundated sites such as swamps, riversides and lake margins, often in subsaline sites.

Source: Spencer, R.D. (1996). Melaleuca. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Melaleuca
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Melaleuca ericifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melaleuca ericifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory