Freshwater Paperbark

Freshwater Paperbark (Melaleuca raphiophylla)

A small, symmetrical tree up to 10 m tall, which grows by lakes and rivers and in swamps.  It is characterised by long greyish-green needle-like leaves.  Species name from the Greek raphis “needle” and phyllon “leaf”.  Flowers are often profuse and occur in spring and early summer.  They occur at or near the end of the stems.

Ref:

“Leaf and branch: trees and tall shrubs of Perth” by Robert Powell. Published by the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation, 2009.

“Common trees of the south-west forests” by Judy Wheeler. Published by the Western Australian Department of Conservation and Land Management.