Leptospermum obovatum Sweet

River Teatree

Fl. Australas. t. 36 (1827) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub to 3 m high; bark on smaller stems smooth, shedding in stringy strips, fibrous and persistent on larger stems. Young stems with a narrow to broad flange near base of petiole. Leaves narrowly obovate to obovate, 8–17 mm long, 2–7 mm wide, flat, glabrous; apex obtuse or acute or emarginate, flat to incurved. Flowers 10–12 mm diam.; hypanthium 2.5–4 mm long, glabrous; pedicel to 1 mm long; sepals triangular, c. 2 mm long, glabrous on outer surface (occasionally with ciliate margins), deciduous; petals 3–4 mm long, white; ovary 5-locular, apex glabrous. Fruit persistent, broadly hemispherical, 5–7 mm diam., surface ultimately shedding in papery flakes, valves woody; seeds c. 2 mm long, with a linear-striate surface pattern. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also NSW, ACT. Occurs along rocky banks of lowland watercourses and swamp margins, mainly in southern Victoria.

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, 2020-12-28
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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 obovatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptospermum obovatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory