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Species profile—Melaleuca sylvana


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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Melaleuca sylvana Craven & A.J.Ford
WildNet taxon ID
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Conservation significant
Pest status
Short Notes
Status annotated by L.A.Craven
Melaleuca sylvana is a tree or shrub growing to 5m high. It has pale papery bark and aromatic, extremely fine foliage. The leaves are rounded-obovate, 1.5-3.7 mm long with 7-11 veins. The oil glands are moderately dense to sparse, circular. The inflorescence is a head of short spike of (1-)2-10 flowers (monads). The hypanthium (lower part covering the ovary) is 2-2.2 mm by 1.9-2 mm. The calyx lobes are 0.8-1 mm long. The petals are distinctly clawed, 2 mm long and have circular oil glands. The anthers are 0.4-0.6 mm long and the style is 8-10 mm long. The capsules are persistent on the stems, 4-4.25 mm by 4.25-5 mm and the seed is 1.1-1.3 mm long.
Melaleuca sylvana is related to M. monantha and M. uxorum. However, M. monantha has a shorter hypanthium (1.3-1.8 mm long), a shorter style (5-6 mm long) and smaller capsules (2-3 mm by 2.5-4 mm). M. uxorum has flowers in threes (triads). (Craven & Ford 2004)
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Melaleuca sylvana is found near Herberton and Ravenshoe on the western side of the Atherton Tableland in north-eastern Queensland. (Herbrecs 2008)
Distributional limits
-17.1879202, 145.2311111
-17.6729144, 145.4538912
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Melaleuca sylvana occurs in open woodland of eucalypts and Callitris, with a grassy or closed heath understorey on sandy soils derived from rhyolite. It grows on steep rocky slopes around rhyolite outcrops at altitudes above 800 m. (Craven & Ford 2004; Herbrecs 2008)
After fire, the plant re-shoots from the trunk, major branches and the woody roots (lignotuber). (Herbrecs 2008)
Contributors: Ailsa Holland, Mellisa Mayhew 18/06/2009
Craven, L.A. & Ford, A.J. (2004). A new species of Melaleuca (Myrtaceae) from northern Queensland, Australia. Muelleria 20: 3-8.
Herbrecs (2008). Melaleuca sylvana, in BriMapper version 3.2.1. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 22/12/2008.
Profile author
Ailsa Holland (18/06/2009)

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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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Last updated
8 March 2022
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