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Scientific Name:Melaleuca lanceolata
Photo: Moona


Photograph courtesy of Viridans Biological Databases
(external link)

Other Common

Black Tea-tree, Dryland Tea-tree, Rottnest Island Tea-tree, Western Tea-tree


Medium sized shrub or small tree, to 7 m high, often with a large domed canopy. Bark finely cracked, rough and grey-brown. Leaves alternate, narrow to
linear-lanceolate, 5–10 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, smooth, dull-green, stiff, shortly stalked, often curved downwards. Flowering in summer, flowers white to cream, intermixed with leaves in an irregular bottle-brush like spike 3–6 cm long, the stamens in bundles of 12 and much longer than the petals. Fruit a spherical to ovoid woody capsule, 4–5 mm.


Found on red clay loams in the Mallee and on reddish-brown, often saline, heavy clays subject to periodic waterlogging. Can be found on lighter soils in association with yellow box, or on highly
calcareous soils scattered throughout the Mallee and Wimmera. Also occurs on white alkaline clayey sands around the margins of dry lakes.

RegionSalinity ClassWaterlogging Class
Mallee, Loddon Murray, Central and Northern, Wimmera, Western, GippslandS0, S1, S2, S3W2, W3


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

Moonah Photos

Photo: Moona - tree
Moonah - tree

Photo: A J Brown

Photo: Moona - bark
Moonah - bark

Photo: A J Brown

Photo: Moona - fruits
Moonah - fruit
Photo: A J Brown

Photo: Moona - tip
Moonah - tips
Photo: A J Brown

Photo: Moona - mature fruit
Moonah - mature fruit
Photo: A J Brown

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