Plants of South Eastern New South Wales

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Leptospermum parvifolium

Common name

Small-leaved tea-tree



Where found

Dry forest. Coast and ranges north from Jervis Bay. Occasionally elsewhere.


Shrub to 2 m tall. Bark rough, flaking. Stems hairy to hairless. Prominent leaf scars on older branches. Leaves aromatic when rubbed, alternating up the stems, mostly 0.3-0.8 cm long, 1-3 mm wide, usually hairless; tips usually rounded, flat or curved upwards; bases tapering to a slender stalk about 1 mm in length. Flowers about 10 mm in diameter, with 5 white or pink petals. Flowers mostly Spring. Nuts often held through the season before being readily shed, about 4 mm in diameter, hairy.

PlantNET description: (accessed 22 January, 2021)

Additional information in: Thompson, J. (8 December 1989), A revision of the genus Leptospermum (Myrtaceae). Telopea 3(3): 363-364, map 4-16