Leptospermum laevigatum (Gaertn.) F.Muell.

Coast Teatree

Annual Rep. Govt. Bot. 22 (1858) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Shrub or tree to 5 m high; bark on smaller stems smooth or becoming rough. Young stems with a groove near base of petiole. Leaves narrowly obovate to obovate, 15–30 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, flat, glabrous, usually grey-green; apex obtuse, with a small point, flat. Flowers 15–20 mm diam.; hypanthium 3–4 mm long, usually glabrous, rarely silky, sessile; sepals triangular, 1.5–2 mm long, silky on outer surface, persisting on fruit; petals 6–7 mm long, white; ovary 7–11-locular, apex shortly silky all over. Fruit deciduous (but sometimes tardily so), obconical, 6–8 mm diam., surface glabrous and wrinkled; seeds c. 2 mm long, often winged, with a reticulate surface pattern. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HSF, OtP, Strz, WPro, *Brid, *Glep, *Gold, *LoM, *MuM, *OtR, *VVP, *WaP. Common on sandy coastal foreshores and dunes from c. Anglesea eastward (where native); introduced and naturalised on some western Victorian coasts (e.g. Port Fairy, Portland) and a few inland sites.

Hybrids with L. myrsinoides have been recorded.

Source: Lyne, A. (1996). Leptospermum. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Leptospermum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leptospermum laevigatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptospermum laevigatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory