Leptospermum continentale Joy Thomps.

Prickly Teatree

Telopea 3: 417 (1989) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub to 2 m high; bark on smaller stems smooth, shedding in stringy strips. Young stems with a broad flange near base of petiole. Leaves narrowly ovate, 5–13 mm long, 1–3.5 mm wide, broadest near the base, glabrous; apex subulate, incurved, pungent; margins incurved (rarely flat), minutely denticulate. Flowers 8–12 mm diam.; hypanthium c. 2–2.5 mm long, glabrous; pedicel to 1 mm long; sepals narrowly triangular to triangular, c. 1.5 mm long, glabrous on outer surface, deciduous; petals 3–5 mm long, usually white; ovary 5-locular, apex glabrous. Fruit persistent, broadly hemispherical, 5–8 mm diam., surface ultimately shedding in papery flakes and becoming rough, valves woody; seeds 2–3 mm long, with a linear-striate surface pattern. Flowers Sep.–Feb.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW, ACT. Apart from the mallee and alps, widespread in heath-lands and woodlands, usually on well-drained sandy soils, but also on swamp and stream margins.

Leptospermum continentale has been confused previously with L. juniperinum, a species confined to coastal regions northwards from Ulladulla, New South Wales, to Fraser Is., Queensland. Leptospermum continentale can approach L. scoparium in appearance, leading to difficulties with identification. Hybrids with L. myrtifolium have been recorded. Pink-flowered forms of L. continentale have been observed at Lavers Hill, in the Otway Ranges.

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-10
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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 continentale in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptospermum continentale in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans 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
Northern Inland Slopes 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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
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