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Leptospermum microcarpum Cheel
Family Myrtaceae
Leptospermum microcarpum Cheel APNI*

Description: Shrub usually 1–2 m or more high, bark various, younger stems glabrous or finely hairy.

Leaves elliptic to narrow-oblanceolate, 2–20 mm long, 4 mm wide, incurved, almost glabrous at maturity; apex obtuse to long-acuminate, pungent point 1 mm long; base narrowing to a conspicuous slender petiole expanded at the extreme base.

Flowers solitary or 2 together, 8–12 mm diam., white. Hypanthium 2–3 mm long, pedicel 0.5–1.5 mm long densely silky. Sepals 1–1.2 mm long, usually ciliate. Petals 3–5 mm long. Stamens 1–1.5 mm in length. Ovary usually 4-locular.

Fruit may persist until next flowering, 3–4 mm diam., pubescent; valves rounded, exerted; pedicel 1–1.5 mm long.


Flower
Photo J. & P. Edwards

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Type
Specimen

Flowering: August–October

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and shrubby habitats on rock ledges and cliff faces on volcanic, granitic and sandstone rock, north from Ashford.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

A specimen from Mt Werrikimbe (NT) with leaves 8-10 mm long and c. 2 mm wide keys out to this species.

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


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