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Kunzea capitata (Sm.) Heynh. subsp. capitata Family Myrtaceae
Kunzea capitata subsp. capitata (Sm.) Heynh. APNI*

Description: Spreading shrubs up to 2.5 m tall, usually with few to many stems.

Leaves elliptic-oblong, rarely narrowly ovate, mostly 7–10 mm long and 2.5–4.5 mm wide, flat except for the “pinched” recurved apex; veins usually visible, 3–5 (–9); upper surface usually glabrous, lower surface with long hairs; margins usually tuberculate.

Sepals acute to acuminate, up to twice as long as broad. Sepals and hypanthium covered with silky spreading hairs usually > 1 mm long.


Flowering: September to November.

Distribution and occurrence: From the Grafton area south to the Sydney region.

Mostly found in heath on sandy soils but also associated with emphemeral swampy areas (particularly on the South Coast).
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
AVH map***

Text by Peter G. Wilson, August 2019
Taxon concept: H. Toelken, Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardardens 29 (2016)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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