Kunzea capitata (Sm.) Heynh. APNI*
Synonyms: Kunzea schaueri Schauer APNI*
Kunzea capitata var. glabrescens Benth. APNI*
Metrosideros capitata Sm. APNI*
Description: Erect or ascending shrub to 2 m high, but often shorter and spindly; young stems covered with spreading hairs, occasionally glabrous.
Leaves oblanceolate to obovate, 3.5–9 mm long, 1.5–4.5 mm wide, apex acute to obtuse and mucronate and recurved, 3 longitudinal veins visible, villous to ciliate or glabrous; petiole c. 1 mm long.
Flowers pink to purple, sometimes white, subsessile, in head-like clusters at end of branches. Hypanthium villous. Sepals narrow-triangular, 1–2 mm long. Petals 1–1.5 mm long. Stamens 3.5–4.5 mm long. Ovary 3-locular, placentation axile; style 4.5–6.5 mm long.
Fruit 3–4.5 mm long, 2–2.5 mm diam., dehiscent.
Flowering: late winter and spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and dry sclerophyll forest; in coastal districts and adjacent ranges, from the Richmond R. south to the Ulladulla district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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