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Threatened species

Deane's Paperbark - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Melaleuca deanei
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 17 Sep 1999
Profile last updated: 20 Oct 2020


Deane’s Paperbark is a shrub to 3 m high with fibrous, flaky bark. New stems are furry and white, though the mature stems are hairless. The smooth leaves are not paired. They are narrow, to 25 mm long and 6 mm wide, with pointed tips. The many white flowers form spikes to 6 cm long, on a furry stem. The five petals are less than 5 mm long; each is paired with a bundle of 17 - 28 stamens. The woody fruits are barrel-shaped, to 7 mm in diameter.


Deane’s Paperbark occurs in two distinct areas, in the Ku-ring-gai/Berowra and Holsworthy/Wedderburn areas respectively. There are also more isolated occurrences at Springwood (in the Blue Mountains), Wollemi National Park, Yalwal (west of Nowra) and Central Coast (Hawkesbury River) areas.

Habitat and ecology

  • The species occurs mostly in ridgetop woodland, with only 5% of sites in heath on sandstone.
  • Flowers appear in summer but seed production appears to be small and consequently the species exhibits a limited capacity to regenerate.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanHawkesbury Shelf Known None
Sydney BasinCumberland Known None
Sydney BasinEttrema Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Known None
Sydney BasinWollemi Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None