Leptospermum laevigatumCommon name: Victorian Coastal Tea Tree
Meaning of name: Leptospermum is from the Greek words leptos, meaning thin, slender, and sperma, meaning seed. Laevigatum is from the Latin word laevigatus, meaning made smooth, having a polished surface.
Distribution: Occurs from Jurien Bay to Esperance.
Description: A shrub to 5 metres tall. The white flowers are produced in September and October. This is a native of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales and was introduced to Western Australia as a garden plant.
References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 1997.
Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.