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Melaleuca Origin

Native to New Guinea and Australia, melaleuca trees were planted in Florida in the early 1900s to drain the Everglades and to transform swamps into harvestable forests. Melaleuca also was planted to aid in flood control by protecting levees.

Photo of USFWS service staff treating the invasive melaleuca tree (Melaleuca quinquinerva) with herbicide.

Treating the invasive melaleuca
(Melaleuca quinquinerva)
tree with herbicide

Photo of dense melaleuca forest.

Dense melaleuca forest

Photo credit: USFWS (left)
MB Rayamajhi/USDA ARS, www.forestryimages.org (right)


Reference

Florida State University. http://www.fsu.edu/~imsp/silent_invaders/new_weeds/guide/. Accessed 2006 Aug 29.