Kunzea obovata

Kunzea obovata is a flowering plant in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae and is endemic to eastern Australia. It is a spreading shrub with unusually-shaped leaves and clusters of pink to purple flowers. It is restricted to northern New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland.

Kunzea obovata
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Kunzea obovata growing in the Bolivia Hill Nature Reserve near Tenterfield
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Kunzea
K. obovata
Binomial name
Kunzea obovata
Kunzea obovata habit


Kunzea obovata is an erect, spreading shrub which grows to a height of up to 3 m (10 ft) with its branches silky hairy when young. The leaves are egg-shaped with the narrower end towards the base, have a dished upper surface and a down-turned tip. They are 3–9 mm (0.1–0.4 in) long, about 1 mm (0.04 in) wide with a petiole about 1 mm (0.04 in) long and are covered with soft hairs when young. The flowers are arranged in clusters of up to eighteen or more flowers on the ends of the branches. The floral cup is about 3 mm (0.1 in) long and hairy. The sepal lobes are broadly triangular, about 1 mm (0.04 in) long and pointed. The petals are deep purplish, sometimes pink, egg-shaped, about 2 mm (0.08 in) long and there 35 to 50 stamens which are 3–5 mm (0.1–0.2 in) long. The style is 4–6 mm (0.16–0.24 in) long. Flowering mostly occurs from September to November and the fruit are urn-shaped capsules which are 4–5 mm (0.16–0.20 in) long and about 3 mm (0.1 in) wide.[2][3][4]

Taxonomy and namingEdit

Kunzea obovata was first formally described in 1982 by Norman Byrnes and the description was published in Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Garden.[1][3] The specific epithet (obovata) is a Latin word meaning "egg-shaped".[5]

Distribution and habitatEdit

This kunzea grows in forest in soils derived from granite, on the tablelands north from Deepwater. It is conserved in national parks including Girraween and Boonoo Boonoo National Parks.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Kunzea obovata". APNI. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Wilson, Peter G. "Kunzea aristulata". Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney: plantnet. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Toelken, Hellmut R. (2016). "Revision of Kunzea (Myrtaceae). 2. Subgenera Angasomyrtus and Salisia (section Salisia) from Western Australia and subgenera Kunzea and Niviferae (sections Platyphyllae and Pallidi orae) from eastern Australia" (PDF). Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Garden. 29: 108–112. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  4. ^ Byrnes, Norman Brice (1982). "Notes on the genus Kunzea (Myrtaceae) in Queensland". Austrobaileya. 1 (5): 469–470.
  5. ^ Brown, Roland Wilbur (1956). The Composition of Scientific Words. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 296.