Melaleuca cajuputi (gelam) – a useful species and an option for paludiculture in degraded peatlands
Sustainable land use
In this case study information is collated about the ecology and propagation of Melaleuca cajuputi (gelam). Also included are sections on its various uses, production systems, productivity and markets. Opportunities for cultivating gelam for economic benefit in disturbed but rehabilitated peatland areas (aka ‘paludiculture’ or swamp cultivation) are addressed, and the main section concludes with an overview of knowledge gaps and research needs. Lastly, the case study includes a list of references for additional reading, followed by the annex on taxonomy and a lengthy description of the species.