Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Leptospermum brevipes

Common name

Slender tea-tree



Where found

Dry forest, woodland, shrubland, stream banks, gullies, and rocky outcrops. Widespread.


Shrub or small tree to 4 m tall or more. Bark on smaller stems smooth, shedding in stringy strips, on larger stems rough, finely fissured. Young stems hairy, with a groove or a narrow flange near bases of the leaf stalks. Branches usually weep. Leaves aromatic when rubbed, alternating up the stems, 0.6–2.5 cm long, usually 2-5 mm wide, margins flat or curved down, surfaces silky to hairless; tips blunt or pointed, usually curved, with a minute, sharp point; bases narrowing to a short stalk. Flowers 6-11 mm in diameter, with 5 white petals, single or in pairs. Flowers Spring to Summer. Nuts shed early, usually 3-4 mm in diameter, surface silky to sparsely silky .

All native plants on unleased land in the ACT are protected.

PlantNET description:  (accessed 12 January, 2021)

Additional information in: Thompson, J. (8 December 1989), A revision of the genus Leptospermum (Myrtaceae). Telopea 3(3): 382-383, map 5-33