Melaleuca alternifolia or oil tea tree is a native of coastal and subcoastal Northern New South Wales and surrounding areas. Oil tea tree has been planted extensively in plantations for the production of tea tree oils which is used extensively in theraputic and medicinal preparations. This species has been subject to the attention of plant breeders over the years resulting in high oil yields in selected genotypes.
Melaleuca alternifolia (oil tea tree) is quite adaptable and grows reliably well outside its natural range.
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Notes on Maps.
Generally, the concentrated clusters of markers represent the geographical range where this species occurs naturally. Outlying markers and geographically disassociated markers represent observations of the species in cultivation and/or recorded in herbaria etc.
These maps are provided by, and are used with the permission of, Australia’s Virtual Herbarium (AVH)