Common name: Woolly Teatree
Leptospermum lanigerum (Sol. ex Aiton) Sm. APNI*
Description: Shrub to > 5 m high or small tree, bark close and firm, younger stems pubescent, new growth often silvery-pubescent.
Leaves oblong to narrow-oblanceolate, 3–15 mm long, mostly 2–4 mm wide, usually recurved, pubescent at least on the lower surface; apex tapering abruptly and infolded, point blunt; base tapering to a very short broad-based petiole.
Flowers solitary, c. 15 mm diam., white. Hypanthium 3–5 mm long, densely villous. Sepals 2–4 mm long, villous or silky. Petals c. 6 mm long. Stamens c. 2–3 mm long. Ovary usually 5-locular.
Fruit 5–10 mm diam., woolly at first, surface lifting and becoming scaly, valves ultimately wider than the base.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in open eucalypt communities, sandy swamps and along watercourses, south from Mittagong district.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by J. Thompson & V. Logan
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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