Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Leptospermum scoparium J.R.Forst. & G.Forst., Char. Gen. Pl., ed. 2. 72, t. 36 (1776) var. scoparium
 Description

Hooker (Fl. N.Z. 1, 1852, 69) gives: "Erectum, foliis lanceolatis. , Forst." The description of the Forsters is: "fol. sparsis, ovato-lanceolatis." Forster f. (Prodr. 1786, 37) gives: "foliis alternis ovatis acutis subtrinerviis; floribus terminalibus solitariis, sessilibus." The Forsterian specimens at K have lvs 6–8–(10) × 2–3–(4) mm., ovate-lanceolate, acute, pungent. A specimen from Revolver Cove, Preservation Inlet (BD 76025, coll. H. H. Allan) has branchlets ascending, clad when young in appressed silky hairs. Lvs on petioles ± 1 mm. long; lamina ascending to patent, ± 6–10 × 1–3 mm., narrowly ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, coriac., pungent, glab. above, ± silky below. Fls mostly solitary, axillary, c. 10 mm. diam. Receptacle turbinate; sepals c. 2 × 2 mm., orbicular; petals suborbicular, 5 × 4 mm., white, shortly clawed.

[From:  Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

 Biostatus
Indigenous (Non-endemic)
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