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Family Myrtaceae

Leptospermum squarrosum - Pink tea tree

A tall and very erect shrub to 3 m, consisting of several vertical woody branches with a tuft of leaves on the top. The leaves are pretty non-descript and are ovate ending in a point, like those of so many other Leptospermum species. The flowers are pink, rather large, up to 2 cm in diameter, and are conspicuously borne on the leafless branches below the tuft of leaves. A group of these plants together in flower is indeed a spectacular sight.

Flowering: Summer and early autumn.

Habitat: On sandy soils, in rather moist areas.

Distribution: Most common on sandstone areas from the coast to the Blue Mountains. Also on south coast and tablelands.

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