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Species profile—Melaleuca sylvana

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Plantae (plants) → Equisetopsida (land plants) → MyrtaceaeMelaleuca sylvana

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Species details

Kingdom
Plantae (plants)
Class
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Family
Myrtaceae
Scientific name
Melaleuca sylvana Craven & A.J.Ford
WildNet taxon ID
29538
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Endangered
Back on Track (BoT) status
Medium
Conservation significant
Yes
Confidential
No
Endemicity
Native
Pest status
Nil
Short Notes
Status annotated by L.A.Craven
Description
Melaleuca sylvana /i> 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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Distribution
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, 145.231915
-17.6729144, 145.4538912
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Habitat
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)
Behaviour
After fire, the plant re-shoots from the trunk, major branches and the woody roots (lignotuber). (Herbrecs 2008)
Notes
Contributors: Ailsa Holland, Mellisa Mayhew 18/06/2009
References
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)

Other resources

The Australasian Virtual Herbarium (AVH)
Atlas of Living Australia

Data source

This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0
https://apps.des.qld.gov.au/species/?op=getspeciesbyid&taxonid=29538

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

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