Common name: Prickly Tea-tree
Leptospermum continentale Joy Thomps. APNI*
Synonyms: Leptospermum sp. A sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*
Description: Shrub 1–2 m high, bark close and firm, younger stems pubescent.
Leaves ovate to narrow-ovate, incurved, c. 10 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, young shoots silky, glabrescent; apex almost terete, point pungent; base tapering to a ± distinct petiole.
Flowers usually solitary, usually c. 10 mm diam, white or rarely pink. Hypanthium 2.5–3 mm long, usually glabrous. Sepals usually 1.5 mm long, mostly glabrous. Petals 3–5 mm long. Stamens 1.5–2 mm long. Ovary usually 5-locular.
Fruit not enlarging, 6–8 mm long, valves expanding to slightly exceed the rim.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in forest or open sandy, swampy places, south from Mudgee.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Text by J. Thompson & V. Logan
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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