Dryland Tea-tree
Buds Nearly Open
Ellura
Dryland Tea-tree
Buds Opening, showing 5 petals
 
    
Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Trees
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtle (Myrtaceae)
Species: Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata)
This Photo:     Bud Opening
Other names: Black Paperbark, Black Tea-tree, Moonah, Rottnest Island Teatree & Western Tea-tree
Similar Species: Mallee Honey-myrtle

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee) & in the Adelaide Hills
If you live on the coast you'd have no problem understanding this species is a tree. But if you live in the semi-arid regions of Australia, you may well question this, as this species is generally stunted and most specimens are bushes.
It is a characteristic of this species to be very variable in it's habit, depending on location (particularly based on water supply).
A very common, small, round, woody shrub tree.
It has very brittle thin branches that snap easily, with crusty brown bark.
The young growth is deceptively soft, but quickly stiffens up and becomes almost prickly, certainly scratchy.
Flowers form white bottle-brushes.
Being an arid environment, our specimens are quite stunted to those seen on the coast.
The flowers show the same style as the related Eucalypts, with the stamen being the dominant part of the flower.
We were keen to see how the pods formed, so photographed this series showing the flower receptacle (base of flower) turning into the seed pod.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-Feb-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)