Red flowering tea tree

Melaleuca hypericifolia
Red flowering tea tree | Melaleuca hypericifolia
   
Red flowering tea tree | Melaleuca hypericifolia
   
Red flowering tea tree | Melaleuca hypericifolia
   
Red flowering tea tree | Melaleuca hypericifolia
   
Red flowering tea tree | Melaleuca hypericifolia
   
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Common Name:

Red flowering tea tree

Botanical name:

Melaleuca hypericifolia

Legal Status:

NEMBA Category 1a

A multiple branched large shrub or small tree from New South Wales in Australia that grows up to 4,5m tall. It is erect at first and then spreading. Very firm papery to corky bark and the oblong leaves occur in opposite pairs. Small orange-red flowers are borne on showy, dense spikes from spring to early summer.

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    The invasive Melaleuca hypericifolia is native to Australia.

    Why is it a problem?

    Invades moist fynbos and competes against indigenous species such as proteas. It also has the potential to alter the natural ecosystem functioning.

    Means of reproduction?

    By seed. May regrow from stump if damaged.

    Resources

    For more information:  Invasive Species South Africa - Melaleuca hypericifolia

    City of Cape Town Invasive Species ID Kit - Click here to download a z-folder pamphlet on  Melaleuca hypericifolia

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