Kunzea peduncularis F.Muell.

Mountain Burgan

Trans. & Proc. Victorian Inst. Advancem. Sci. 1: 124 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Dense, erect shrub, usually 1–2 m high, sometimes single-stemmed and over 4 m high; bark on young stems shedding on oblong flakes, older stems usually peeling in papery strips, young stems minutely pubescent. Leaves alternate, obovate to oblanceolate, spreading, 5–13 mm long, 2–3.5 mm wide, bright green to grey-green, minutely pubescent to glabrescent, hairs often restricted to leaf margins, more or less flat; apex obtuse to acuminate; margins entire; petiole 0.5–1 mm long. Flowers white, crowded in upper leaf axils or on leafy side branches; pedicels 3–5 mm long, pubescent, sometimes glabrescent; floral bracts absent; hypanthium pubescent, sometimes glabrescent, rugulose, 2.5–3.5 mm long; sepals green, reddish at base, triangular, 1–1.5 mm long; petals orbicular, c. 1.5–2.5 mm diam.; stamens white, usually 50–64, 1–4 mm long, rarely with a few stamens shorter than petals; style 1.5–2.5 mm long; ovary usually 3-celled, sometimes 4- or 5-celled. Fruit c. 3.5 mm long, c. 4 mm diam., not woody, dehiscent by terminal valves. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

EGU, HFE, HNF. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Occurs in rocky sites, often near seepage areas or in wet gullies in montane and subalpine woodland in eastern Victoria, generally above c. 900 m altitude but sometimes extending down to 100 m altitude.

Kunzea peduncularis is thought to hybridise with K. phylicoides along the Snowy River. Hybrids with K. parviflora occur in the Burrowa-Black Mountain area in the far north east. 

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-07-11
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2021-10-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Kunzea
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Kunzea peduncularis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Kunzea peduncularis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Highlands-Far East present native

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