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What's flowering in the park

Leptospermum trinervium

Paperbark tea-tree

Family: Myrtaceae

Previously Leptospermum attenuatum, Leptospermum trinervium is distinguished by its stout trunk, pendant branches and papery bark when older. It is usually found in damp shrubby understories in woodlands on sandstone and is one of the most common tea-trees in the Sydney region.

The leaves of Leptospermum trinervium are oblong and flat, about 3mm wide and 10 - 20mm long, with three (not always obvious) veins (trinervium). When crushed they give off a strong eucalyptus smell.

The flowers are white, to 15mm wide. The large clusters of flowers give a beautiful display.

Leptospermum trinervium flowers from August to November.

Leptospermum trinervium seed podLeptospermum trinervium seed pod (magnified)

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Leptospermum trinervium - Paperbark tea-tree

Leptospermum trinervium - Paperbark tea-tree