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*Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cavanilles) Blake. Punktree, Paperbark Tree, Melaleuca, Cajeput Tree. Phen: (Jan-) Sep-Dec. Hab: Wetlands, disturbed areas. Dist: Native of Australia. Melaleuca quinquenervia was introduced in s. FL in the 1880s and became an ecosystem-altering invasive species (see Dray, Bennett, & Center 2006 for summary).

ID notes:Distinctive at all times of year in its thick, spongy, layered white bark.

Origin/Endemic status: Australia

Synonymy: = Bah, Fl4, FNA10, GW2, K3, K4, Meso4.1, SFla, WH3; = Melaleuca leucadendra L. – S, misapplied; = Melaleuca leucodendron (L.) L. – Wilson (1960c), misapplied

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC

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