Melaleuca Forest
Melaleuca or Paperbark forest can be found wherever there is a significant potential for waterlogging such as in low lying areas around the fringes of Hays Inlet. The main species of tree associated with this habitat is the Paperbark Tea-tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia). These trees can often form quite dense stands although the habitat can often contain other trees including Swamp Mahogany (Eucalypt robusta) Swamp Box (Lophostemon suaveolens) Pink Bloodwood (Corymbia intermedia) and White Bottlebrush (Callistemon salignus). The conservation status of this habitat is listed as “of concern” due to coastal development. These trees flower profusely in the spring and autumn months and provide an important food source for nectar feeders including Honeyeaters, Lorikeets, Flying Foxes, Possums and Gliders as well as a significant number of insects including butterflies. The trees also provide habitat for amphibians, birds and reptiles including the lace monitor. During periods of heavy rain the forest floor can become flooded for weeks and provides breeding opportunities for many species of amphibians including the Striped Marsh Frog (Lymnodynastes peronei), the Northern Pobblebonk (Lymnodynastes terraereginae) and the Ornate Burrowing Frog (Lymnodynastes ornatus). At times the calls of the male frogs can be quite deafening.

Propagation Fact Sheet
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