- Melaleuca howeana
Lord Howe Island Tea Tree Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Rosids Order: Myrtales Family: Myrtaceae Genus: Melaleuca Species: M. howeana Binomial name Melaleuca grieveana
A dense bush with small leaves, 4 to 9 mm long and 1 to 1.5 mm wide, alternate on the stem. As with many paperbarks, the bark is flaky. Branchlets hairless. White flowers form from mid September to December. The fruit is a small wooden capsule.
This plant is best known as the habitat for the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, a critically endangered species. The bush at Balls Pyramid is growing in a small crevice where water seeps through cracks in the underlying rocks. This moisture supports a relatively lush plant growth which resulted in a build-up of plant debris, several metres deep. The population of insects was extremely small, only 24 individuals that fed on this plant.
- "Melaleuca howeana". PlantNET - NSW Flora Online. http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Melaleuca~howeana. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
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