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List of Tasmanian Tea Trees (Leptospermum)

Etymology: Leptos, thin & Sperma, seed.

Eight different species of Leptospermum are native to Tasmania including six that are endemic.

ε: Endemic species.

Botanical Name Common Name Etymology
Leptospermum glaucescens ε Smokey Tea Tree, Glaucous Tea-tree glauc: gray, bluish-gray & esc(ens) becoming, slightly
Leptospermum grandiflorum ε Autumn Tea-tree, Eastern Tea-Tree grandis: big, large & floreus flowery
Leptospermum laevigatum Coastal tea-tree laevigo or levigo: smooth
Leptospermum lanigerum Woolly Tea Tree laniger: wool bearing
Leptospermum nitidum ε Shining or shiny tea-tree nitidus, (nitidum): shining, polished.
Leptospermum riparium ε River Tea-tree riparius relating to a riverbank
Leptospermum rupestre ε Mountain Tea-tree, Alpine Tea-tree, Creeping Tea-tree rupestre: rock
Leptospermum scoparium var. eximium ε Spreading Tea-Tree scōpa (scōpārum):broom & eximius (eximium):select, special

Important: In Tasmania, the "Subalpine Leptospermun nitidum Woodlands", (TASVEG code - NLN) are considered to be a threatened native vegetation community. An info sheet is available on the Forest Practices Authority website. These communities are very fire sensitive and care should be taken to avoid lighting fires, including camp fires, in areas where these plants communities occur.

Confirmation sources:

Note: I am not certain whether L.scoparium is found in Tasmania only as var. eximium.

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