Robert Powell: Tree Pictures, South-Western Australia
Moonah (Melaleuca lanceolata)
This tree, common on Rottnest and Garden islands, is known by many as Rottnest tea-tree. It is able to grow closer to the ocean than almost any other tree, withstanding the limy soils and very salty winds. It produces a dense mass of foliage, shielding the individual leaves from the deposition of salt. In stands, the tree canopies combine in a single, almost unbroken layer.
Moonah is, however, killed by fire, and too frequent fires on the mainland coast have reduced its occurrence there.