Leptospermum turbinatum Joy Thomps.

Shiny Tea-tree

Telopea 3: 437 (1989) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shrub to 3 m high; bark on smaller stems smooth or becoming rough. Leaves elliptic to narrowly obovate, 10–25 mm long, 3–8 mm wide, flat, finally glabrous (rarely a few appressed silky hairs persisting); apex shortly acuminate to acuminate, flat to incurved; petiole 1–2 mm long. Flowers c. 25 mm diam.; hypanthium c. 5 mm long, silky to villous, sessile; sepals narrowly triangular, 4.5–6.5 mm long, acute, silky on outer surface, persisting on fruit; petals 8–10 mm long, white; ovary 5-locular, apex glabrous. Fruit persistent, obconical, 7–12 mm diam., surface ultimately shedding in papery flakes (and becoming gnarled), valves woody; seeds 3–3.5 mm long, with a linear-striate surface pattern. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, Glep, GGr, OtP, VVP, Wim. Victorian endemic. Confined to the Grampians and nearby Mts Langi Ghiran, Buangor and Ben Nevis. Locally common on sandstone and granitic outcrops.

Leptospermum turbinatum has previously been confused with L. nitidum a Tasmanian endemic. Leptospermum turbinatum is the largest-flowered Victorian Leptospermum.

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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leptospermum turbinatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptospermum turbinatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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