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Threatened species

Weeping 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 irbyana
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 23 Jul 1999
Profile last updated: 11 Oct 2022


Weeping Paperbark (formerly Melaleuca tamariscina subsp. irbyana) has thick, spongy, papery bark and grows to about 8 m tall. It has a dense, rounded canopy of very fine, weeping foliage. The tiny, stalkless, pointed leaves are less than 4 mm long, smaller than any other NSW Melaleuca species, and are pressed close to the branchlets, wrapping around them slightly. In summer profuse white brushes, made up of groups of flowers in threes, appear and are followed by tight clusters of woody fruits.


Found in only a few places in north-east NSW, including near Coraki, Casino and Coutts Crossing south of Grafton. Also occurs in near Ipswich in south-east Queensland. Only two populations are recorded in conservation reserves in NSW, these are Warragai Creek Nature Reserve and Bungawalbin National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • Open eucalypt forest in poorly drained, usually clay, sandstone or alluvial soils.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastDalmorton Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None