Of the 86 species, 81 are endemic to Australia; 1 tropical species (L. amboinense) extends to South-east Asia; a species common in Tasmania (L. scoparium) is widespread in New Zealand; and 3 species are endemic to South-east Asia. These 3 species are L. javanicum, L. parviflorum and L. recurvum, the last being found only on Mt Kinabalu in North Borneo.
The different species occupy a wide range of habitats, but most are associated with low-nutrient soils in areas where ample water is available. Many of the eastern coastal species occur in damp heaths, while others are found in rocky or sandy sites.
text from 'Bottlebrushes, Paperbarks and Teatrees
by Wrigley & Fagg, 1993, Angas & Robertson