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Leptospermum laevigatum  (Gaertn.) F. Muell.
Australian tea tree
Leptospermum laevigatum is a shrub that is not native to California.
There is a high risk of this plant becoming invasive in California according to Cal-IPC.
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~257 records in California
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within a 7.5-minute quadrangle
Genus: Leptospermum
Family: Myrtaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSLeptospermum laevigata
Information about  Leptospermum laevigatum from other sources

[Wikipedia] Native/endemic to southeastern Australia: Leptospermum laevigatum, commonly known as the coast tea tree, is a species of shrub or small tree that is endemic to south-eastern Australia, but has been widely introduced in other places where it is often considered to be a weed. It has thin, rough bark on the older stems, narrow egg-shaped leaves, relatively large white flowers and flat topped fruit that is shed shortly after reaching maturity. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

[Cal-IPC] Invasiveness: Leptospermum laevigatum (Australian tea tree) is a shrub (family Myrtaceae) with white flowers and narrow leaves found in the San Francisco Bay area and central and south coast ranges of California. It is native to southeastern Australia. It grows in dunes. Its seeds are spread via wind, vehicles, soil movement, water and dumped garden waste. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/25/2024).