Melaleuca quinquenervia (Myrtaceae) - Plate 117

Joseph Banks

Australia (Parts 1 - 15)

Line engraving by Gerald Sibelius, after Sydney Parkinson (1770) and Frederick Polydore Nodder (1782). Joseph Banks and his party saw this species at: Bay of Inlets, Australia (1770) Bustard Bay, Australia (22 May - 24 May 1770) This species occurs as a tree in coastal areas of eastern Australia north from Sydney. Its dark green leaves have an aromatic, oily smell when crushed. It is often known as paper-bark because of its white bark which has been used for a variety of purposes, especially by the Aborigines. Infants' pillows filled with treated bark are said to be 'non-suffocating'.