Common name: Lemon-scented Teatree
Leptospermum petersonii F.M.Bailey APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to c. 5 m high, bark flaky, persistent and fibrous, younger stems hirsute, soon glabrous.
Leaves often strongly lemon-scented, narrow-elliptic to lanceolate, usually 20–40 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, flat or recurved, mostly glabrous; apex usually retuse; base tapering; sessile.
Flowers usually solitary, 10–15 mm diam., white, new growth tinged with red or purple. Hypanthium with obvious glands, 3–4 mm long, almost glabrous. Sepals 1.5–2.5 mm long mostly glabrous. Petals 5–6 mm long. Stamens 2.5–3.5 mm long. Ovary 5-locular.
Fruit 6 mm diam., surface flaking valves spreading as wide or wider as the rim.
Flowering: mostly Dec and January
Distribution and occurrence: Often near wet sclerophyll forest or rainforest, on sandy soils or on rocky escarpments, north from Port Macquarie.
NSW subdivisions: NC, *CC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by J. Thompson & V. Logan
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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