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Common name: Tick Bush
Kunzea ambigua (Sm.) Druce APNI*
Description: Shrub to 3.5 m high; young stems villous.
Leaves linear, 4–12 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, apex acute, finely pubescent to glabrous; petiole to c. 0.5 mm long.
Flowers white, ± sessile, not in head-like clusters, crowded on leafy side branches or in axils of upper leaves. Hypanthium villous. Sepals narrow-triangular, 1.5–2 mm long. Petals 1.5–2 mm long. Stamens 3–5 mm long. Ovary usually 3-locular but sometimes 4-locular, placentation axile; style 5 mm long.
Fruit 2.5–3.5 mm long, 3–4 mm diam., dehiscent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and dry sclerophyll forest, chiefly south from the Sydney basin.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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