Melaleuca ericifolia

Common Name:

Swamp Paperbark



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Riverina, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (ENPRSTWXZ) also NSW, Tas
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Grows in peaty soils of swamps, often forming dense thickets 1

Flower Description:

Cream 1


Shrub or tree to 7 m 2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The leaves of this species are to 15 mm long with blunt tips and alternate around stem. The fruit is a capsules and these occur in short clusters 3


Image: David Meagher

Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria
3 Costermans, L. (2006). “Trees of Victoria and adjoining areas”. Costermans Publishing, Frankston, Victoria.