Leptospermum micromyrtus Miq.

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Ned. Kruidk. Arch. 4: 145 (1856) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shrub to 3 m high, bark on smaller stems smooth and papery or becoming rough, shedding in papery flakes, on larger stems smooth, shedding in papery strips. Young stems with a narrow flange near base of petiole. Leaves obovate to almost circular, 7–22 mm long, 3–14 mm wide, flat, glabrous; apex obtuse, sometimes with a small point, flat. Flowers c. 15 mm diam.; hypanthium 3–4 mm long, glabrous; pedicel to 1 mm long; sepals triangular, c. 3 mm long, glabrous on outer surface, deciduous; petals 5–6 mm long, white; ovary 5-locular, apex glabrous. Fruit persistent, broadly hemispherical to obconical, 5–9 mm diam., surface ultimately shedding in papery flakes and becoming fissured, valves woody; seeds 1.5–2 mm long, with a linear-striate surface pattern. Flowers Dec.–Mar.

HNF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT. Scattered, but locally common on rocky mountain summits (e.g. Mts Buffalo, Tingaringy and Cobberas, Pine Mountain).

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-14
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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 micromyrtus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptospermum micromyrtus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory