Weeping Paperbark (species: Melaleuca leucadendra) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Melaleuca leucadendra
Weeping Paperbark

©Anne Hoggett: Flowers of Melaleuca leucadendra at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Melaleuca leucadendra near Mangrove Beach, Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Flowers and leaves of Melaleuca leucadendra at Lizard Island
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Myrtales
Family Myrtaceae
Genus Melaleuca
Species Melaleuca leucadendra



Distinguishing features

This is the common large paperbark tree at Lizard Island. It differs from other Melaleuca species found here by its elongate, curved leaves that hang downwards. The other paperbark species at Lizard Island have shorter, stiffer leaves. The tree flowers profusely. Flowers are arranged in a bottlebrush and have a strong sweet scent.  


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.