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Leptospermum arachnoides Gaertn.
Family Myrtaceae
Leptospermum arachnoides Gaertn. APNI*

Description: Shrub to 2 m or more high, bark rough, peeling in flaky layers, younger stems pubescent.

Leaves elliptic to lanceolate or oblanceolate, usually 10–20 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, thick, incurved with a tendency to twist spirally, glabrous at least in part; apex tapering, point pungent; base tapering, usually expanded to a very short broad petiole.

Flowers solitary, c. 10 mm diam., white. Hypanthium c. 2 mm long, pubescent. Sepals c. 2 mm long, pubescent. Petals c. 4 mm long. Stamens c. 2 mm long. Ovary 4- or 5-locular.

Fruit 5–8 mm diam., surface pubescent, lifting and ultimately flaking; rim somewhat woody, valves slightly spreading.


Flowering: November–January

Distribution and occurrence: In moist heath and sclerophyll forest on shallow soils especially sandstone and granite, north from the Tinderry Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by J. Thompson & V. Logan
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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