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Leptospermum obovatum Sweet APNI*
Description: A shrub to > 2 m high, bark close and firm, younger stems pubescent.
Leaves aromatic, narrow-oblanceolate to broad-obovate, 5–20 mm long, mostly 2–8 mm wide, incurved, mostly glabrous, apex broad and retuse, point pungent; base long tapering to a short or negligible petiole.
Flowers usually solitary or occasionally 2 together, 8–12 mm diam., white. Hypanthium 2.5–3.5 mm long, mostly glabrous or pubescent. Sepals 2–2.5 mm long, mostly glabrous. Stamens 2–2.5 mm long. Ovary 5-locular.
Fruit 5–8 mm diam., surface lifting and flaking, valves ultimately spreading to be much wider than the base.
Distribution and occurrence: Often in swampy places but mostly among granite or sandstone rocks along the edges of swift-flowing streams.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Specimens from the Pilliga Scrub and the Warrumbungle Mts (NWS) may also key out to this taxon; however, they have been keyed out as species aff. obovatum. They differ in having narrower leaves.
Text by J. Thompson & V. Logan
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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