Common name: Burgan
Kunzea ericoides (A.Rich.) Joy Thomps. APNI*
Synonyms: Leptospermum phylicoides (A.Cunn. ex Schauer) Cheel APNI*
Description: Tall shrub or tree to 5 m high; young stems pubescent.
Leaves narrow-elliptic to oblanceolate, variable, 6.5–25 mm long, 1–4.5 mm wide, apex acute to acuminate, finely pubescent to glabrous; petiole 0.5–1 mm long.
Flowers white, pedicels 3–6 mm long, not in head-like clusters, crowded on leafy side branches or in axils of upper leaves. Hypanthium pubescent. Sepals triangular, 1–1.5 mm long. Petals 1.5–2.5 mm long. Stamens 1–4 mm long, some distinctly shorter than the petals. Ovary usually 3-locular but sometimes 4- or 5-locular, placentation axile; style 1.5–2.5 mm long.
Fruit 2.5–3.5 mm long, 3–4.5 mm diam., dehiscent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and sclerophyll forest, common at higher elevations; often along watercourses.
NSW subdivisions: NC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Kunzea ericoides in the strict sense is a New Zealand species.In eastern Australia, the name has been applied to a very diverse range of plants that vary in habit, leaf shape, indumentum and branching. No taxonomic resolution of the Australian populations has been made yet.
Text by Peter G. Wilson. Updated August 2017.
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2, edition 2 (2002)
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