Common name: Heath Tea-tree, Silky Tea-tree
Leptospermum myrsinoides Schltdl. APNI*
Description: Shrub 1–2 m high, bark firm, younger stems glabrescent.
Leaves usually narrow-obovate to oblanceolate, 5–10 mm long, 1–3 mm wide; margins incurved and usually minutely tuberculate, glabrescent; apex acute, point blunt tending to recurve; base tapering to a short petiole.
Flowers usually solitary, 10–15 mm diam., white or pink. Hypanthium c. 4 mm long, silky. Sepals c. 0.5 mm long, glabrous, (continuous with hypanthium). Petals 4–5 mm long. Stamens c. 4 mm long. Ovary 4- or 5-locular.
Fruit 4–6 mm diam.; valves exerted.
Flowering: mostly October–November
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in inland mallee and coastal heath on sandy or swampy soils south of Eden.
NSW subdivisions: SC
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Text by J. Thompson & V. Logan
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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