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Leptospermum polyanthum Joy Thomps. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 5 m high, bark firm, furrowed, flaking; younger stems silky.
Leaves elliptic to linear, 10–25 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, flat, glabrescent; apex obtuse or tapering, point blunt; base tapering to a slender petiole.
Flowers solitary or occasionally 2 together, mostly 5–6 mm diam., white. Hypanthium c. 2 mm long, pedicel c. 1 mm long, usually glabrous. Sepals c. 0.7 mm long, glabrous. Petals c. 3 mm long. Stamens 1–1.5 mm long. Ovary mostly 5-locular.
Fruit may persist until next flowering, usually c. 3 mm diam.; pedicel 1 mm long, glabrous; valves rounded, exerted.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and heath in rocky escarpments and gullies, coast and tablelands, Wombeyan Caves north to the Warrumbungle Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS
Text by J. Thompson & V. Logan
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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