Foliage cover of tallest stratum 30 - 70%
Melaleuca Forests and Woodlands
- Vegetation types dominated by the paperbarks
(Melaleuca spp.) cover substantial areas in the
tropical north but are also found in temperate
climates most often in or adjoining coastal
or montane wetlands.
- Monsoonal melaleuca woodlands are
dominated by the broad-leaved Melaleuca
viridiflora (paperbark), M. leucadendra (weeping paperbark), M. argentea (silver
paperbark), M. dealbata (blue paperbark)
and/or M. nervosa (yellow-barked paperbark).
They are found in the Northern Territory and
in Queensland adjacent to the Gulf
- In southern and eastern Australia the melaleucas are confined largely to the wetter watercourses and swamps with M. quinquenervia being the most widespread coastal species.
The Melaleuca Forests and Woodlands have been extensively cleared on coastal floodplain areas for agriculture or housing near major cities. Extensive areas remain in the tropical north, in particular southern Cape York Peninsula.
Photos from the Australian Plant Image Index