Common name: Ngun Ngun May Bush, Hillside Wild May
Leptospermum luehmannii F.M.Bailey APNI*
Description: Spreading shrub to 3 m high; bark smooth and deciduous throughout, orange or green coloured, peeling in ribbons; branchlets with conspicuous stem flanges, sparsely pubescent.
Leaves alternate, subsessile, discolorous, narrowly-elliptic, 18–25 mm long, 2.7–5.0 mm wide, apex obtuse or mucronate; margins of young leaves with silky hairs, otherwise glabrous.
Inflorescence axillary, 1–3-flowered. Flowers with pedicels c. 1.2 mm long at anthesis; hypanthium glabrous, c. 3 mm long; sepals obtuse, 1.2–1.4 mm long, glabrous, with ciliate margins; petals white, obovate to orbicular, 2.6–2.7 mm long, oil glands present. Stamens 1.5–2 mm long, anthers with parallel cells; stigma capitate; summit of ovary glabrous. Ovary 3-locular.
Capsules thin-walled, deciduous, 2.5–3 mm long, 4–4.7 mm wide, glabrous; sepals persistent.
Flowering: Late Spring to early Summer.
Distribution and occurrence: In NSW, restricted to a small area between Grafton and Glen Innes.
Found in open shrubland on steep slopes of acid volcanic rock.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
NSW population likely to be taxonomically distinct.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: A.R. Bean (pers. comm.)
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