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Contains 3 accepted taxa overall.

Genus: Melaleuca L.
Genus Notes:The arrangement of the stamens has been found to be an inadequate distinction between Callistemon and Melaleuca, and thus Melaleuca was expanded to include Callistemon (Craven 2006). Many other genera have been subsumed into Melaleuca based on DNA studies (Craven et al. 2014). However, the taxonomy of Melaleuca is still under revision and some prefer to retain Callistemon for a certain group of Australian species (Udovicic & Spencer 2012).
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Sub Class
Genus Melaleuca


Citation MELALEUCA Linnaeus, Syst. Nat., ed. 12. 509. 1767; Mant. Pl. 14, 105. 1767, nom. cons. vs. Kajuputi Adanson 1763.
Basionym: **
Type: TYPE: Melaleuca leucadendra (Linnaeus) Linnaeus, typ. cons. (Myrtus leucadendra Linnaeus)

** Not applicable or data not available.


Scientific NameCommon NameHerbarium SpecimensPhotos
Melaleuca linariifolia CAJEPUT TREE
Melaleuca quinquenervia PUNKTREE
Melaleuca viminalis BOTTLEBRUSH

Identification Key

Genus Synonyms

SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Asteromyrtus Asteromyrtus Schauer, Linnaea 17: 242. 1843. TYPE: Asteromyrtus gaertneri Schaure, nom. illegit. (Melaleuca angustifolia Gaertner)
Callistemon Callistemon R. Brown, in Flinders, Voy. Terra Austr. 2: 547. 1814. TYPE: Callistemon rigidus R. Brown 1819.
Gymnagathis Gymnagathis Schauer, Linnaea 17: 243. 1843. TYPE: Gymnagathis teretifolia (Endlicher) Schauer (Melaleuca teretifolia Endlicher)
Kajuputi Kajuputi Adanson, Fam. Pl. 2: 84, 530. 1763, nom. rej. vs. Melaleuca Linnaeus 1767. TYPE: Myrtus leucadendra Linnaeus = Melaleuca Linnaeus 1767.
Meladendron Meladendron Saint-Lager, Ann. Soc. Bot. Lyon 7: 64, 130. 1880, non Molina 1810. TYPE: Meladendron leucocladum Saint-Lager, nom. illegit. (Myrtus leucadendra Linnaeus) = Melaleuca Linnaeus 1767.
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