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Family: Myrtaceae
Leptospermum coriaceum

Citation: Cheel, J. Proc. R. Soc. N.S.W. 57:128 (1923).

Synonymy: L. laevigatum (Gaertner)F. Muell. var. minus F. Muell. ex Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:103 (1867); Fabricia coriacea F. Muell. ex Miq., Nederl. Kruidk. Arch. 4:147 (1856).

Common name: Green tea-tree, mallee tea-tree.

Spreading shrub, usually c. 2 m high, the young stems smooth; leaves flat, ovate to oblanceolate or elliptic, usually 10-20 mm long, glabrous at maturity, the apex acute to obtuse or shortly acuminate, with a short point.

Flowers 12-15 mm diam., borne on short axillary shoots; bracts broad, pale-brown and often persisting about the flowers; hypanthium glabrous or silky, broad-based; sepals 1.5-2 mm long, deltoid; petals broadly obovate, white; stamens 1-1.5 mm long; ovary 4- to more than 7-celled, with 7-9 ovules in 2 rows in each cell.

Fruit 5-8 mm diam., deciduous but a few tardily so, the outer surface turgid and becoming wrinkled; fertile seeds 1.5-2 mm long, narrowly cuneate to irregularly ovate, often broadly winged, their surface reticulate.

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 513.

Distribution:  In mallee and on dunes.

S.Aust.: NU, GT, FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE.   N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: June — Oct.

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