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Swamp Paperbark – Yowarl

Swamp Paperbark Melaleuca rhaphiophylla Lake Herdsman Western Australia

The Swamp Paperbark (Melaleuca rhaphiophylla), also known as tea tree or Yowarl, is a common appearance near rivers, lakes and salt marshes in the south west of Western Australia. Its name refers to the paper-like bark, and the long flaky strips were used by aboriginal people as roofing for shelters, carrying of water, cooking, medicinal purposes and smoking ceremonies. Most paperbark trees grow in flooded areas, providing the perfect refuge for the many water birds that share its habitat.

 

Swamp Paperbark Meleleuca Rhaphiophylla Lake Herdsman Western Australia

5 Comments

    • It is! Some eucalypts have a smooth trunk for a while after shedding their bark, but Paperbarks seem to loose their bark continuously, making them look rather messy.

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