Family • Myrtaceae - Leptospermum flavescens Sm. - RED TEA TREE
|Leptospermum flavescens Sm.|
|Leptospermum porophyllum Cav.|
|Leptospermum amboinense Blume|
|Leptospermum annae Stein|
|Leptospermum polygalifolium Salisb.|
|Red tea tree (Engl.)|
Malasulasi is a shrub or small tree growing to a height of about 5 meters. Leaves are linear-lanceolate, 0.8 to 3 cm long, and 2 to 6 mm wide; the apex is slightly pointed or blunt, and the base, pointed. Flowers are white and star-like, 1 cm wide, with very short stalks, if any. Fruit is about dark simsom, 5 to 7 mm in diameter.
Usually on exposed ridges in mossy forests at altitudes of 1,000 tio 2,700 meters.
Leaves and twigs yield an essential oil containing d-pinene, b-pinene, sesquiterpene, aromadendrene and eudesmen, sesquiterpene alcohol, eudesmol, citral 0.25 to 0.75 %; terpineol, geraniol, and phenol leptospermol.
In Malaya, dried leaves use for making tea.
Leaves used internally to stimulate the appetite and relive stomach discomfort.
Leaves also used internally for dysmenorrhea.
In the Moluccas, mountaineers distill a little volatile aromatic oil from the plant which is inhaled for bronchitis; also used as embrocation for rheumatism.