Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Melaleuca quinquenervia
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Myrtaceae -- The Myrtle Family Bibliography
      Melaleuca quinquenervia

Common name(s): bottlebrush, honey myrtle, paperbark
General Information
DistributionNative to eastern Australia, New Guinea, and New Caledonia.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

Trees to 20-25 m tall, bark whitish or pale brown, spongy, exfoliating.
Leaves alternate, coriaceous, lanceolate to oblanceolate, 5-9 cm long, 0.8-1.5 cm wide, 3-nerved or 5-nerved, glabrous, glandular punctate, apex acute, base cuneate, petioles ca. 3-8 mm long, twisted.
Flowers in cylindrical spikes ca. 3-10 cm long, the axis silky pubescent; sepals broadly deltate-ovate, ca. 1.2-1.5 mm long; petals cream, ca. 2.5-3 mm long; stamens ca. 10-15 mm long; filaments connate at base.
Fruit woody, short-cylindrical, ca. 3-4 mm long, 4-5 mm in diameter.
2n = 22