Monday, 28 January 2013

Leptospermum brachyandrum

Commonly referred to as Tea Tree as with other species in the same family, this tree is an Australian species.

The Tea Tree is a small tree or large shrub, growing up to about 5m. It has exposed trunks and a flaky bark. The flaking barks will peel in strips, revealing smooth bark of grey and soft pink colours below. The leaves are narrow-lanceolate in shape and approximately 5cm in length.

Flowers are white and fragrant and have a diameter of 7mm. They are borne in clusters around the ends of the branches. They occur in spring and early summer. 

Shortly after flowering, woody fruits of about 4mm in diameter appear. Most Tea Trees retain their fruits but this species sheds the seeds as soon as they reach maturity.

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