Common name: peach blossom tea-tree
Leptospermum squarrosum Gaertn. APNI*
Synonyms: Leptospermum persiciflorum Rchb. APNI*
Description: Woody shrub, mostly 1–4 m high, bark close and firm, younger stems silky, glabrescent.
Leaves variable, broad-elliptic to broad ovate-lanceolate, 5–15 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, glabrescent, margins incurved; apex channelled or terete, point pungent; base tapering to a short broad petiole sometimes negligible.
Flowers solitary, mostly 10–20 mm diam., white or pink. Hypanthium often with conspicuous glands, 2.5–4 mm long, glabrous, sessile. Sepals usually 2–3 mm long, glabrous. Petals usually 3–7 mm long. Stamens usually c. 3–4 mm long. Ovary 5-locular.
Fruit mostly 8–12 mm diam., valves variously exserted.
Flowering: irregularly, often Mar.
Distribution and occurrence: or Apr. Grows in sclerophyll shrubland on skeletal sandstone soils, especially around Sydney.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
Text by J. Thompson & V. Logan
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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