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tea tree

n.
1. A melaleuca tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) of Australia whose leaves yield an oil used in cosmetics and for medicinal purposes.
2. Any of various evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Leptospermum, native to Southeast Asia and Australasia, having showy flowers and small needlelike leaves formerly used to make a tealike beverage.

tea tree

n
(Plants) any of various myrtaceous trees of the genus Leptospermum, of Australia and New Zealand, that yield an oil used as an antiseptic

tea′ tree`


n.
a tall shrub or small tree, Leptospermum scoparium, of the myrtle family, native to New Zealand and Australia.
[1750–60; so called from the use of its leaves as an infusion]
Translations
Teebaum
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In the control D, only a rough calculation of the total number of mature Coast Tea-trees could be made, by multiplying the mean number in 1 x 1 m by 400 as the quadrat was virtually impenetrable, with access on hands and knees to each 1 x 1 m quadrat.
Over the last couple of decades the invasion of Coast Tea-tree Leptospermum laevigatum into heathland vegetation has become a significant concern for the Friends of Wonthaggi Heathland, volunteers who care for the heathland and work closely with Parks Victoria.
Coast Tea-tree develops as a small, single-stemmed tree reaching a height of 8-12 m, with a life span of 100-150 years.
Invasion of Coast Tea-tree into heathland shows a variety of effects caused by fire.