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Fresh bark of a Cajuput Paperbark Tree, Brisbane Australia.   //   Cajuput - Myrtaceae: Melaleuca leucadendra. Height to 10m, DBH to 45cm, leaves to 10cm. Occurs in Malaysia, Indonesia and northern Australia from the Kimberley Region of Western Australia eastwards through the Northern Territory to Queensland. Also found on the south-west Pacific from southern New Guinea to the Solomon Islands. The leaves are the source of Cajuput (= Tea Tree) oil, a strong antiseptic used mainly for the control of skin conditions. This is distilled in commercial plantations. The bark is layered in thin laminated and colourful sheets that turn a dull grey and peel off as they age.  Eric Lindgren.