Leptospermum parvifolium Sm. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 2 m, close bark flaking, younger stems with long fine spreading hairs or silky, persistent or glabrescent.
Leaves usually narrow- to broad-obovate, mostly 3–8 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, usually glabrous; apex usually obtuse and rounded, flat or incurved; base tapering to a slender petiole c. 1 mm in length.
Flowers solitary, c. 10 mm diam., white or pink. Hypanthium usually with dense, long, spreading hairs; hairs 2–3 mm long. Sepals 1–2 mm long, pubescent, ciliate. Petals c. 4 mm long. Stamens 1–1.5 mm long. Ovary 5-locular.
Fruit often held through season, c. 4 mm diam., pubescent; valves well exserted.
Flowering: mostly September–November
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, on poor sandy or gravelly soil and rocky ridges, from Warialda to Nowra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, ?NT, CT, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by J. Thompson & V. Logan
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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