Schldl., Linnaea 20:653 (1847).
Synonymy: Leptospermum myrsinoides
Common name: Heath tea-tree.
Shrub, usually 1-2 m high, the young stems smooth; leaves usually narrowly obovate to oblanceolate and 5-10 mm long, glabrescent, the margins incurved and usually minutely tuberculate, the apex acute with a blunt point.
Flowers 10-15 mm diam., borne at the ends of short leafy side-shoots; bracts broad, red-brown and occasionally persisting about the young flowers; hypanthium silky, usually with the upper part glabrous, the base broad and rounded; sepals c. 0.5 mm long, very shortly deltoid; petals very broadly obovate, white or pink; stamens c. 4 mm long; ovary usually 4-5-celled, with c. 30 ovules in 4 or more rows in each cell.
Fruit 4-6 mm diam., deciduous, the outer surface often succulent; fertile seeds c. 1.2 mm long, broadly cuneate, their surface reticulate.
Cochrane et al. (1968) Flowers and plants of. Victoria, fig. 54; Costermans ( 1981) Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, p. 239.
In coastal and inland heath and forest.
S.Aust.: NL, MU, SL, KI, SE. N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: mostly Oct. — Nov.
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