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Leptospermum spectabile Joy Thomps. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 3 m, bark close, firm and ultimately corrugated, younger stems with long antrorse and shorter curved hairs, short crisped hairs persisting.
Leaves narrow-elliptic, 20–35 mm long, 3–5 mm wide, almost flat, ultimately almost glabrous; apex long-acute to long-acuminate, point stiff; base tapering to a short ± thickened petiole.
Flowers solitary, c. 20 mm diam., dark red. Hypanthium 4–5 mm long, silky. Sepals c. 4 mm long, silky. Petals 5–7 mm long. Stamens 5–7 mm long. Ovary 4- or 5-locular.
Fruit 9–12 mm diam., rim not woody, valves woody and spreading to the width of the rim or beyond.
Distribution and occurrence: Rocky sandstone banks of the Colo R.
NSW subdivisions: CC
Threatened species: ROTAP: 2RC-
Text by J. Thompson & V. Logan
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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