Melaleuca quinquenervia, is commonly known as the paper bark, tea tree, the punk tree, bottle brush tree, cajeput tree, or the niaouli. Its leaves are evergreen, alternate, and simple in form with a short stalk. They are also narrow and serrated, measuring 5 inches long. The veins of the leaf are almost parallel, while the flowers are small and white and they tend to crowd at the tips of the branches in a spiky form.
The Melaleuca quinquenervia classification is as follows:
Kingdom (plants) -plantae
Subkingdom (Vascular plants) -Tracheobionta
Super division (Seeds plants) -Spermatophyta
Division (Flowering plants) -Magnoliophyta
Class (Dicotyledons) -Magnoliopsida
Family (Myrtle family) -Myrtaceae
Genus (Melaleuca) -Melaleuca L.
Species (Punk tree) -Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav) S.F. Blake
Eukaryota; Viridiplantae ;Streptophyta; Embryophyta;Tracheophyta; Spermatophyta; Magnoliophyta; eudicotyledons; rosids; Myrtales; Myrtaceae; Melaleuca (National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2009)
Genus- Melaleuca L.
Species- Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) (Integrated Taxonomic Information System, 2009)
The classifications are all the same, but the second classification has classified the tree further into Eukaryota, Viridiplantae, Streptophyta, and Embryophyta.
Threat and endangerment
Efforts have been made to conserve the tree in some parts of Australia. When the Europeans first arrived, there were dense forests that consisted of the punk trees, but today, though the forests still exist, they are not as dense as they used to be then. Melaleuca...