5599.000 Leptospermum J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Shrubs or trees; bark smooth fibrous or papery. Leaves alternate, sessile to shortly petiolate, lamina usually small, rigid, margins entire, often aromatic when crushed, sometimes lemon scented. Inflorescence flowers solitary or in clusters of 2-several. Flowers sessile in axils of bracts on condensed shoots; 5-merous hypanthium obtuse or tapered at base; sepals imbricate, sometimes persistent; stamens numerous usually shorter than petals. Fruit capsules, firm or woody, usually 3-5(-10)-valved. Seeds ovoid, reticulate, occasionally ridged or winged, or irregularly linear and striate.

Worldwide: 87 species in Indo-China to New Zealand.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

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laevigatum (Gaertn.) F. Muell.
petersonii F.M. Bailey
scoparium J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.

Other sources of information about Leptospermum:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Leptospermum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Leptospermum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Leptospermum
Wikipedia: Leptospermum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Leptospermum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Leptospermum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Leptospermum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2111, retrieved 27 January 2023

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