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Leptospermum scoparium - mānuka, red tea tree

Myrtle family: Myrtaceae

Leptospermum scoparium is many-stemmed shrub with small, narrow and sharply-pointed leaves. Flowers are formed in summer and capsules become woody and remain on branches for many years.
A variable species found in Australia and New Zealand with several varieties recognized.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 8 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 8-25  mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, linear to ovate, sharply pointed

Sepals:  5

Leaf size: 4-12 mm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: single or in groups

Sexuality: bisexual (sometimes with male flowers)

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: numerous

Leaf margin: teeth

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs on undersurface

Fruit: dry