Kunzea phylicoides (A.Cunn. ex Schauer) Druce

Slender Burgan

Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 1916, suppl. 2: 629 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect shrub to 3 m high; branch tips drooping; bark fibrous to corky; young stems pubescent. Leaves alternate, linear to linear-oblanceolate, 7–25 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, bright green, finely pubescent to glabrous, more or less flat; apex acute to acuminate; margins entire; petiole 0.5–1 mm long. Flowers white, 1, 2 or 3 in upper axils forming, leafy racemes; pedicels 3–6 mm long, with appressed hair; floral bracts absent; hypanthium with appressed hair or glabrescent, rugulose; sepals green, reddish at base, triangular, 1–1.5 mm long; petals orbicular, c. 1.5–2.5 mm diam.; stamens white, usually 25–35 sometimes many more, 1–4 mm long, some shorter than petals; style 1.5–2.5 mm long; ovary usually 3-celled. Fruit 2.5–4 mm long, 3–5 mm diam., not woody, dehiscent by terminal valves. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

EGU. Also NSW, ACT. Apparently confined to the upper reaches of the Snowy River (e.g. McKillops Bridge area) and its major tributaries, from the New South Wales border downstream to near Buchan.

Distinguished from other members of the Kunzea ericoides complex by its more graceful habit, more fibrous or corky bark, leafy, racemose inflorescences and flowers with about twice as many stamens.

Apparently hybridises with Kunzea peduncularis along the Snowy River and its tributries. Application of the names K. phylicoides and Kunzea sp. 1 sensu Fl. Victoria 3:1022 (1996) has apparently been confused due to the presence of these hybrids.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-07-11
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-14
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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 phylicoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Kunzea phylicoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native