Kunzea ambigua (Sm.) Druce

White Kunzea

Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 629 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Erect shrub 2–4 m high; branch tips drooping, young stems villous. Leaves alternate, linear to narrowly lanceolate, spreading, 4–12 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, pubescent to glabrous, concave above, keeled below; apex acute; margins entire; petiole c. 0.5 mm long. Flowers white, more or less sessile, crowded in upper leaf axils or on leafy side branches; floral bracts absent; hypanthium villous; sepals green, narrowly triangular, 1.5–2 mm long; petals orbicular, c. 2.5 mm diam.; stamens white, 3–7 mm long; style c. 5 mm long; ovary usually 3-celled. Fruit 2.5–3.5 mm long, 3–4 mm diam., not woody, dehiscent by terminal valves. Flowers mainly Oct.–Jan.

EGL, EGU, GipP, OtP, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. Found mainly in coastal and hinterland areas east from Wilsons Promontory but of sporadic occurrence and with isolated western records from near Peterborough and the Anglesea area. A form along rocky streambanks in the Cann River-Genoa area is generally taller and has finer, paler leaves than the common form around e.g. Wilsons Promontory.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Myrtaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Kunzea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Kunzea ambigua in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Kunzea ambigua in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory