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Leptospermum (Australian myrtle genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Myrtales > Family: Myrtaceae

About 80-86 species, native mainly to Australia but also New Zealand and Malaysia. Leptospermum laevigatum (Australian myrtle) has become naturalised in South Africa (Western Cape) where it is a declared Category 1 invasive plant. There are an additional seven species that are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Leptospermum laevigatum (Australian myrtle)

Native to southeastern Australia. A declared Category 1 invasive plant in South Africa.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Leptospermum juniperinum

Native to eastern Australia.

 

Leptospermum lanigerum

Native to southeastern Australia.

 

Leptospermum minutifolium

Native to eastern Australia.

 

Leptospermum petersonii (Lemon-scented tea tree)

Native to eastern Australia.

 

Leptospermum polygalifolium (Wild may)

Native to eastern Australia.

 

Leptospermum rotundifolium

Native to southeastern Australia.

 

Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka, Manuka myrtle)

Native to New Zealand.

 

Links

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

 

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