SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SWAMP  / SALT PAPERBARK (Melaleuca halmaturorum) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SWAMP / SALT PAPERBARK (Melaleuca halmaturorum) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'

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MELALEUCA HALMATURORUM, COMMONLY KNOWN AS SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SWAMP PAPERBARK, KANGAROO HONEY-MYRTLE OR SALT PAPER-BARK IS A PLANT IN THE MYRTLE FAMILY, MYRTACEAE AND IS ENDEMIC TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA AND VICTORIA. 

 IT IS OFTEN A TREE WITH AN UNUSUAL, CROOKED FORM, SOMETIMES LOOKING LIKE AN ENLARGED EXAMPLE OF BONSAI. MELALEUCA HALMATURORUM IS A SLOW GROWING SHRUB OR SMALL TREE, EVENTUALLY GROWING TO 6–8 METRES (20–30 FT) 

  

THIS SPECIES CAN BE A LARGE SHRUB OR SMALL TREE AND IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE TOUGHEST PLANTS AROUND. 

 

CULTURAL USE: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES USED NEARLY EVERY PART OF THIS GENUS IN THEIR DAY-TO-DAY LIVES. FIBRE AND BARK FOR CLOTHING AND SWADDLING BABIES, DRINKS MADE FROM THE NECTAR, WOOD AND STEMS FOR IMPLEMENTS AND TO CONSTRUCT SHELTERS. 

PAPERBARK IS A FRONTLINE COASTAL PLANT AND WILL WITHSTAND EXPOSED COASTAL CONDITIONS ON SHALLOW SALINE SOILS OVERLYING LIMESTONE. IT ALSO OCCURS AROUND SALT LAKES INLAND IN THE DESERT NATIONAL PARKS IN ARID VICTORIA AND IN THE WA WHEATBELT.        

GERMINATION OF THE SEED OF MELALEUCA SPECIES IS USUALLY QUITE EASY BY NORMAL SEED RAISING METHODS. NO SPECIAL PRE-TREATMENT IS NEEDED. GERMINATION SHOULD OCCUR IN 14 TO 30 DAYS.

A COMMON METHOD USED FOR GERMINATION OF MELALEUCA AND RELATED PLANTS IS THE "BOG METHOD" WHERE THE POT CONTAINING THE SEEDS IS PLACED INTO A SAUCER OF WATER UNTIL GERMINATION OCCURS. THIS RESULTS IN MOISTURE REACHING THE SEEDS BY CAPILLARY ACTION AND ENSURES THAT THE SEEDS DO NOT DRY OUT.