Leptospermum laevigatum

(Gaertner) F. Mueller

Rep. (Annual) Gov. Bot. Director Bot. Zool. Gard. 17: 22. 1858.

Basionym: Fabricia laevigata Gaertner Fruct. Sem. Pl. 1: 175. 1788
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 10.
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Shrubs or trees with spreading, twisted trunks; bark fibrous, shed in long strips. Leaves: blade obovate-oblong, 10–28 × 5–10 mm, principal veins inconspicuous, apex blunt or sharply apiculate. Inflorescences usually in pairs, of unequal age. Flowers 1.5–2 cm wide; calyx persisting until fruit maturity, lobes subtriangular 1–1.5 mm, internally sericeous; petals caducous, spreading; stamens 2 mm; style 1 mm, glabrous. Capsules 7–8 mm wide; valves 7–12.

Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Disturbed coastal areas.
Elevation: 0–50 m.


Introduced; Calif., se Australia.


Leptospermum laevigatum is known from the Central Coast. It is commonly cultivated along the coast, sometimes to stabilize moving sand.

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Lower Taxa

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Fabricia laevigata +
Calif. +  and se Australia. +
0–50 m. +
Disturbed coastal areas. +
Flowering spring. +
Rep. (Annual) Gov. Bot. Director Bot. Zool. Gard. +
Leptospermum laevigatum +
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