Melaleuca elliptica. GRANITE HONEY MYRTLE. Western Australia
MYRTACEAE (Myrtle family)

Generally a large shrub, this paperbark has oval leaves about ½ inch long and is distinguished by rather large red bottlebrushes. Campus specimens on Mirada Avenue at its junction with Gerona Road have disappeared in recent years. The Greek melas = black and leukos = white refer to a black-and-white appearance that results when dark bark peels to reveal fresh white patches. Incidentally, you can often interpret Greek stems without a Greek lexicon—in this example, just look up the words beginning with leuco- and mela- in your English dictionary. Quiz: what do Cryptomeria, Eriobotrya, and Lithocarpus derive from?

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