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Scientific Name:Melaleuca halmaturorum
Salt Paperbark - tree
Salt Paperbark - tree
Photo: A J Brown

Other Common Names:

Blistered Paperbark, South Australian Swamp Paperbark, Kangaroo Island Paperbark.


Indigenous to Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria.

Plant Description:

Shrub or tree, 2–7 m high with white and papery, often peeling, bark. Leaves opposite, each pair at right angles to the preceding pair,
lanceolate, 3–8 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, thick, flat on top, curved below. Flowering in spring to early summer with flowers white, few to many, crowded into spikes at the ends of the branches. Each flower with 8–12 stamens much longer than the 5 minute petals.

Fruit an ovoid capsule, 4–5 mm diameter, borne singly or a few together on the old wood.


Usually grows in low lying areas with saline soils and around salt lakes. Mature trees can withstand waterlogging. More common in the north-west of Victoria but occasionally found further south.

Mallee, Loddon Murray, Central and Northern, WimmeraS2, S3, S4W1, W2, W3


A key to the more common
Melaleuca species on waterlogged and saline land can be accessed here – Key to Melaleuca.

Salt Paper-bark Photos

Salt Paperbark - fruit
Salt Paperbark - fruit
Photo: A J Brown
Salt Paperbark - thicket
Salt Paperbark - thicket
Photo: A J Brown

Related Links

Springerlink - Root dynamics of Melaleuca halmaturorum in response to fluctuating saline groundwater (external link)
Marine Freshwater Research - Response of juvenile Melaleuca halmaturorum to flooding: Management implications for a seasonal wetland, Bool Lagoon, South Australia (external link)
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