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Common name: Tantoon
Leptospermum polygalifolium subsp. polygalifolium Salisb. APNI*
Synonyms: Leptospermum flavescens Sm. APNI*
Description: Leaves with margins tending to recurve, not or rarely stiff in texture, lower surface usually paler, apex acute or obtuse. Leaves usually acute or if obtuse >2 mm wide; usually >10 mm long; variable in colour. Leaves usually glabrous, oblanceolate, 10–20 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, acute, often recurving, lower surface often much paler. Flowers c. 12 mm diam., greenish or creamy white. Hypanthium 25–35 mm long. Sepals 2–2.5 mm long. Fruit 6–10 mm diam. Slender shrub or small tree 1–3 m high.
Flowering: Flowers mostly Nov. and Dec.
Distribution and occurrence: Heath or sclerophyll forest on deep sand or in skeletal soil, usually on sandstone, often in moist depressions or along rocky watercourses.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST
Text by J. Thompson & V. Logan
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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