Melaleuca daleana Blakely
Melaleuca genistifolia coriacea Ewart
Melaleuca glaucocalyx Gand.
Melaleuca monticola J.M.Black
Melaleuca bracteata is an evergreen shrub or small bushy tree usually growing from 2 - 10 metres tall, but exceptionally to 20 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood and essential oil, which are used locally. It is sometimes grown in soil conservation projects and also as an ornamental[
Australia - South Australia, New South Wales. Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia.
Found on rugged to undulating and moderately hilly country, extending in some areas to the plains. It is often found around waterholes and along watercourses and may be confined to them in arid areas[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the arid to moist, lowland tropics and subtropics, where it is found at elevations up to 300 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 - 34°c, but can tolerate 10 - 43°c[
]. When dormant, the plant can survive temperatures down to about -5°c, but young growth can be severely damaged at -1°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 400 - 900mm, but tolerates 200 - 1,150mm[
Grows best in a sunny position, but can tolerate light shade[
]. Grows best in a medium to heavy, well-drained soil of moderate fertility[
]. Tolerant of moderate levels of salt in the soil[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 5 - 7, tolerating 4.5 - 8.5[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
On some sites, the plant has the potential to escape from cultivation and become a weed[
The tree can be used to provide shelter, and for erosion control on stream banks and in gullies[
An essential oil is obtained from the leaves[
]. It is used in perfumery and soaps and can also be used to increase the potency of some insecticides[
The wood is durable. It can be used for posts and poles[
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