Leptospermum myrsinoides Schltdl.

Heath Teatree

Linnaea 20: 653 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub to 2.5 m high; bark on smaller stems smooth, shedding in stringy strips. Young stems sometimes with groove near base of petiole. Leaves narrowly obovate, 3–13 mm long, 1–4 mm wide, glabrous; apex acute, incurved; margins incurved, occasionally minutely denticulate. Flowers 10–15 mm diam.; hypanthium 3–4 mm long, usually silky on lower half, glabrous on upper, rarely entirely silky, sessile or pedicel to 1 mm long; sepals broadly triangular, c. 0.5 mm long, glabrous on outer surface (but occasionally with ciliate margins or a tuft of hairs at apex), persisting on fruit; petals 4–7 mm long, white or flushed pink; ovary 3–6-locular, apex shortly silky only around base of style and along valve margins. Fruit deciduous (though sometimes tardily so), broadly hemispherical, 4–6 mm diam., surface glabrous and wrinkled or silky to sparsely silky; seeds c. 1.5 mm long, often with loose cells along margins, with a reticulate surface pattern. Flowers Aug.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, OtP, OtR, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Grows in sandy areas of mallee-heath, heathy woodland and near-coastal heathland.

Hybrids with L. laevigatum have been recorded (e.g. Langwarrin-Cranbourne area).

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 myrsinoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptospermum myrsinoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory