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  • n. Any of several Australian plants, of the genus Melaleuca, that have flaky bark


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  • Brackish and freshwater wetlands behind mangrove areas in Cambodia and the Mekong delta area of Vietnam typically are dominated by dense stands of Meleuca leucadendron called the paperbark swamps or rear mangrove communities.

    Tonle Sap-Mekong peat swamp forests

  • Native species have recolonised, and now blackbirds forage among mouldering leaves of New World tulip trees, maples, paperbark birches and red oaks that decay into the soil alongside Old World durmast oak, alder, ash and rowan fallen foliage.

    Country diary: Durham city

  • As they climbed higher, the last of the paperbark trees gave way wholly to evergreens.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • A low throbbing tone not unlike that made by the booming paperbark trees emerged, only deeper and with variations.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • Volunteer convict labor has been used in Florida to cut paperbark trees and in Kentucky to rip out Eurasian musk thistle.

    Invasive species

  • The Green Man recommends using Allegheny serviceberry as a n adjunct to Serviceberry 'Autumn Brilliance' along with black tupelo, paperbark maple, river birch 'Heritage,' and white fir...all equity trees.


  • During repeated burns or uncontrolled fires paperbark regenerates quickly, outcompeting and eradicating most native species.

    Southwest Borneo freshwater swamp forests

  • In south and southeast Kalimantan, original freshwater swamp forests were converted to single-species stands of paperbark (gelam) (Melaleuca cajuputi), sedge and swamp grass, or wet rice fields.

    Southwest Borneo freshwater swamp forests

  • Lowland rain forests occur as small habitat pockets with rare tropical flora in Eucalyptus, Barringtonia or Melaleuca (paperbark) dominated vegetation of two types: rain forest associated with springs and seepages; and rain forest on freely draining land.

    Kakadu National Park, Australia

  • Other categories comprise: mangrove; samphire; lowland rain forest; paperbark swamp; seasonal floodplain and sandstone rain forest.

    Kakadu National Park, Australia


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    "She looks up and sees Lester and the boys hauling the net up onto the beach. The water is flat behind them. She can almost see the trees etched out on the other bank, the paperbarks where the dunes begin."

    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 28 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    March 27, 2010