Earlier this week I posted a bulletin about the flowers of the Melaleuca linariifolia.
I went to Canberra on Thursday, and noticed a large specimen of this species growing near my brother's house, in Curtin. Apparently, this tree would be 40 years old. Growing conditions in Canberra are much less suitable than in Robertson - both because of poor soil and also the cold.
Anyway, this is what a mature Paperbark looks like.
And here is the trunk, looking for all the world as if it is covered in paper.
Here is a dissected flower stem, leaving only a single flower.
It has 5 (compound) stamens and a central stigma (the female part of the flower). The flowers on my plant in Robertson had much longer "branched stamens" than this specimen.
This is the single stamen ("claw") which is apparently an amalgamation of numerous stamens, hence the various "dots" of pollen on the ends of the seemingly separate branched stamens.