Agonis flexuosa (Willd.) Sweet

Hort. Brit., edn 2, 209 (1830) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Tree or shrub to 10 m high; branchlets often flexuose, usually glabrescent. Leaves pendulous, narrowly elliptic or narrowly ovate, sometimes falcate, 1.8–13.5 cm long, 3.5–12 mm wide, sometimes slightly twisted, glabrous, sometimes sericeous, apex acute, margins ± entire. Flowers in small clusters, c. 8–12 mm diam.; hypanthium 1.5–2 mm long, sericeous near apex; sepals ovate-triangular, 1–2 mm long, greyish-sericeous; petals 3–6 mm long, white (often drying cream); style 1–2.5 mm long; ovary summit glabrous; ovules 5–6 per locule. Fruit broadly turbinate to broadly cup-shaped, 2.5–4 mm diam., sometimes hairy near apex. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

*CVU, *GipP, *Glep, *OtP. Native to south-western Western Australia, commonly grown as a street tree, occasionally persisting in old gardens.

2 varieties and several horticultural cultivars. Variety latifolia is distinguished from the nominate variety by its smaller (less than 4.5 cm long), often twisted leaves, few (15–20) stamens, and smaller, usually shrubby habit. The majority of cultivated forms are attributable to A. flexuosa var. flexuosa.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-06-14
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Agonis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Agonis flexuosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Agonis flexuosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales