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Moonah

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Scientific name
Melaleuca lanceolata
Common name
Moonah
Plants that Clothe the Bluff
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Plant Form
Trees
Where to find
Cliff, Moonah Woodland, Grassy Foredune and Central Shrubland
Foliage
Grey-green lanceolate (spearhead-shaped) hairless leaves to 15 mm long with a pointed tip, which are ordered alternately along branches.
Flower
Cream to white terminal bottle-brush flowers to 50 mm long
Size
H 1 – 10 m x W 3 – 6 m
Flowering
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Description
Moonahs can live for 200+ years and are the iconic Barwon Heads tree. They have rough bark and short, pointed leaves. Trunks become distinctly gnarled and twisted with age. The woody fruit capsules, following the flower spikes, have a five-pointed crown which encloses the small seeds.Coastal Moonah Woodlands are recognised as a threatened community by the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988). Moonah adapts to its environment, varying from an upright tree to 4 m on the north side of the Bluff to a ground cover on the southern extremity, where it is exposed to salt and wind. They provide shelter for many understorey plants, as well as birds and insects.
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