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Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Melaleuca dealbata S.T.Blake
Blake, S.T. (1968) Contributions from the Queensland Herbarium 1: 41. Type: Northern Territory, ca 12 deg 40 S., ca 131 deg 25 E., Blake 17000; holo: BRI 044839..
Soapy Tea Tree; Tea Tree; Cloudy Tea Tree; Honey Tree; Melaleuca, White Leaf; Paperbark; White Leaf Melaleuca
Bark pale. Dead bark layered.
Leaf blades long and narrow (narrowly elliptic), about 6-12 x 1.5-2.3 cm, with 3-5 longitudinal veins more prominent than the rest. Young shoots and twigs densely clothed in white or silver, erect hairs.
Inflorescences about 15-20 mm wide. Flowers usually in threes. Stamens less than 10 mm long, +/- fused in five bundles opposite the petals.
Cotyledons obovate, about 2-3 x 0.5 mm. First pair of leaves about 4 x 2 mm, with numerous small oil dots visible with a lens. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade glabrous, about 35-40 x 7-10 mm, narrowly elliptic or narrowly obovate, apex apiculate; oil dots numerous, sometimes visible to the naked eye.
Distribution and Ecology
Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ and southwards to south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from sea level to 500 m. Grows in open forest, usually on ground which is periodically inundated but also found on rain forest margins. Also occurs in New Guinea.
A large tree sometimes grown in wetter areas of parks or as a street tree. Unfortunately the flowers have a rather foetid smell.