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Species profile—Melaleuca groveana


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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Melaleuca groveana Cheel & C.T.White
WildNet taxon ID
Alternate name(s)
Grove's paperbark
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Near threatened
Conservation significant
Pest status
Short Notes
BRI 003790, 003791
Melaleuca groveana is a shrub to small tree, generally 2-5m in height, rarely growing to 10m. The bark is light brown, fibrous and papery. The bright green leaves are 1-5.5cm long by 0.3-0.8cm wide. The leaves are broadest across the middle and tapering at each end, resembling the leaves of bottlebrushes.
The creamy white flowers are densely grouped into loose, cylindrical, unbranched clusters called spikes. Spikes are situated at the end of branches and are generally 2-3.5cm long, but can reach 5cm. After flowering, the tip of the spike continues to grow into a leafy shoot. Fruits are barrel shaped, 4-7mm in diameter and have an opening 2-3mm in diameter. (Byrnes 1986; Barker 1997; Wilson 2008)
Melaleuca groveana has a fragmented distribution from Port Stephens, New South Wales to the Blackdown Tableland in central Queensland. (Barker 1997; Herbrecs 2008)
Distributional limits
-23.7234233, 148.2511264
-28.0763847, 152.892731
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Melaleuca groveana grows on exposed rocky ridges, high mountain slopes and the summits of mountains, at altitudes between 340-600m above sea level. It generally occurs in heaths and eucalypt woodlands and forests with heath understoreys. It is also found in tall open forest with a grassy understorey and in microphyll vine forests. It has been recorded growing on red sandy loams, brown loams, skeletal rocky soils and sandy soils over sandstone rock. (Barker 1997; Byrnes 1986)
Flowering occurs in late winter to early spring, but flowers are short lived. Seeds are shed sporadically.(Barker 1997)
Contributors: Tony Bean, Mellisa Mayhew 26/06/2009
Barker, M. (1997). Melaleuca groveana, in Species Management Manual. Department of Natural Resources, Brisbane.
Byrnes, N.B. (1986). A revision of Melaleuca L. (Myrtaceae) in northern and eastern Australia, 3. Austrobaileya 2(3): 263.
Herbrecs (2008). Melaleuca groveana, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 09/10/2008.
Wilson, P.G. (2008). Melaleuca groveana, in PlantNet: New South Wales Flora Online. National Herbarium of New South Wales. Accessed 09/10/2008.
Profile author
Tony Bean (26/06/2009)

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This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0.

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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