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Circular1204: Help Protect Florida's Natural Areas from Non-native Invasive Plants

Figure 7. Melaleuca, or Australian paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia), once widely planted in Florida, now forms dense thickets and displaces native vegetation on 391,000 acres of wet pine flatwoods, sawgrass marshes, and cypress swamps in the southern part of the state. It is listed as a noxious weed by FDACS.