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Leptospermum sp. Tea-tree (bushfire recovery)

Leptospermum sp.

Description:

In the aftermath of February's devastating bushfires, new life is starting to emerge. What species this is, I don't really know (yet). Definitely a woody shrub, and new leaves are re-shooting from established plants. This could possibly be a Banksia species, or maybe an Acacia (wattle)? Only time will tell. Leaves appear to be veined and are alternate along the stem. The plants will need to grow a bit before I can ID. (see notes)

Habitat:

Spotted along the Mt. Norman Track in Girraween National Park, on the southern side of Mt. Norman. I saw several of these little plants amongst larger native eucalypt species. Sunny aspect and subject to extreme conditions - freezing cold (sometimes snow) in winter, and intense heat in summer. The entire area has just undergone massive bushfires, and drought conditions still prevail. Sandy granite soil.

Notes:

07 March, 2020 - spotting follow up - I am now inclined to think this is a species of Leptospermum (tea-tree) of the family Myrtaceae. There are a number of Leptospermum species endemic to Girraween... http://www.rymich.com/girraween/index.ph...

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jun 20, 2019
Submitted on Aug 3, 2019

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