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Species profile—Kunzea flavescens


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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Kunzea flavescens C.T.White & W.D.Francis
WildNet taxon ID
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Least concern
Conservation significant
Pest status
Short Notes
BRI 014171, handwriting of author (Francis)
Kunzea flavescens is a shrub that grows from 1 to 4 m tall. The young shoots, branchlets and calyces are pubescent. The branchlets are terete. The leaves are rather crowded, alternate, very shortly petiolate, oblanceolate or obovate, mucronulate to acute, glabrous above, 4 to 8 mm long, 2 to 3 times as long as broad; sometimes minutely pubescent on the underside. The venation is obscure or occasionally the mid-rib and sometimes a longitudinal nerve on each side of it are visible; The inflorescence is terminal, capitate or shortly spicate, about 10 to 13 mm in diameter. The bracts and bracteoles are similar, orbiculare, concave, pubescent outside, over 2 mm in diameter. The flowers are subsessile. The calyx is campanulate, (shaped like a bell), densely pubescent on the outside; the tube nearly 4 mm long, with five lobes that are lanceolate, about half as long as the tube. There are five petals that are white, orbiculare, glabrous, nearly 2mm in diameter. There are numerous stamens with slender filaments, nearly 4 mm long; anthers minute. Ovary filling the lower part of the calyx tube. Style 4 mm long; stigma flat, orbiculare (Stanley, 1986).
Kunzea cambagei, a New South Wales species is closely allied to this species, but is distinguished by its lateral and smaller inflorescence, smaller leaves (4-5 mm long), and narrower bracteoles (Stanley, 1986).
Kunzea flavescens occurs from Many Peaks Range south to Goomburra valley, near Warwick. The species occurs within Beeron National Park, Bloodwood Creek Nature Refuge, Crows Nest National Park, Littabella Conservation Park, Mount Walsh National park, Plunkett Conservation Park, Warro National Park, Allies Creek State Forest and Coominglah State Forest (Queensland Herbarium, 2012).
Distributional limits
-24.972027, 150.995798
-27.975, 153.1416667
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Kunzea flavescens grows on rocky ridges in heathland and open woodland. Associated species include Eucalyptus exserta, Lophostemon confertus, Xanthorrhoea johnsonii, Platysace lanceolata. In open woodland it is associated with Eucalyptus corynodes, Acacia crassa subsp. longicoma, Phebalium nottii and Hibiscus heterophyllus (Queensland Herbarium, 2012). Within Plunkett Conservation Park K. flavescens grows on sandstone plateau dominated by E. planchoniana, E. curtisii, Leucopogon recurvisepalus, Acacia granitica and Podocarpus spinulosus (Queensland Herbarium, 2012).
Kunzea flavescens flowers from September to November (Queensland Herbarium, 2012).
Threatening processes
No substantiated threatening processes recorded in the literature.
Status notes
Kunzea flavescens is listed as Near Threatened under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992
Occurs in the following Queensland pastoral districts: Burnett, Darling Downs, Moreton, Port Curtis, Wide Bay.
Queensland Herbarium (2012). Specimen label information. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 19/01/2012.
Stanley, T.D. in Stanley, T.D. and Ross, E.M. (1986). Flora of South-eastern Queensland 2: 132-133.
Profile author
Ronald Booth (26/06/2012)

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8 March 2022