Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Leptospermum myrtifolium

Common name

Myrtle tea-tree, Grey tea-tree, Swamp tea-tree



Where found

Forest, woodland, paddocks, swamp margins, gullies, and occasionally along rocky streams. Widespread. Rare in coastal areas and on the Western Slopes.


 Shrub to 3 m tall. Bark on smaller stems smooth, shedding in stringy strips, on larger stems rough, ultimately flaking in layers. Younger stems hairy, with a groove or narrow to thick flange below the bases of the leaf stalks. Leaves aromatic when rubbed, alternating up the stems, 0.4-1 cm long, 2-5 mm wide, thick, surfaces with silky hairs giving a grey-green appearance; sometimes hairless, glands prominent, margins flat to curved upwards, tips pointed to broadly rounded, and flat or curved down and folded upwards; bases tapering to a thick stalk less than 1 mm long. Flowers 7-11 mm in diameter, with 5 white petals, usually single, occasionally in pairs. Flowers Spring to Autumn. Nuts often long-persisting, usually 4-6 mm in diameter, the surface lifting, later gnarled.

Hybridises with Leptospermum continentale.

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

PlantNET description: (accessed 22 January, 2021)

Additional information in: Thompson, J. (8 December 1989), A revision of the genus Leptospermum (Myrtaceae). Telopea 3(3): 409-411, map 8-53