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Unidentified at suppressed - 5 Nov 2019
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Insufficient or inconclusive evidence 7 Dec 2019 MichaelMulvaney
Kunzea badjaensis 7 Nov 2019 BettyDonWood
Unidentified 6 Nov 2019 ruthkerruish

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KenT wrote:
   7 Nov 2019
Probably one of the Kunzea species, perhaps K. badjaensis but the leaf shapes don't seem quite right.
   7 Nov 2019
This plant and one another came in a collection of Kunzera ericoides (white flowers, occurs frequently in the ACT) and Kunzea parviflora (beautiful violet flowers, but slow and delicate in the first year or 2). Do Kunzeas commonly cross breed like grevilleas?
KenT wrote:
   8 Nov 2019
There is a reference to Kunzea hybrids in a 2004 paper: Chromosome numbers in Kunzea (Myrtaceae) by P. J. de Lange and B. G. Murray in the Australian Journal of Botany 52(5) 609-617. The abstract is available online. I haven't seen the full article. There are also some papers by H.R.Toelken from 1996 and 2016 in the Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens on the topic of Kunzea revisions - a google search using the terms Kunzea Revision will find them for you, it will also pick up a New Zealand paper from 2014 on Kunzea ericoides.

The Kunzea ericoides that I'm familiar with have much more linear shaped leaves but I suspect there is a lot of variability in growth form and leaf shapes across the geographical range of the species. Given this is a planted specimen its origin is unknown it could be K. ericoides but not a local ACT form.
   8 Nov 2019
Thank you Ken
   8 Nov 2019
Kunzea badjaensis was known in Canberra for years as the registered cultivar Kunzea ‘Badja Carpet’. https://www.anbg.gov.au/acra/descriptions/acc167.html
I agree with Ken, the leaves do not look quite right, but I cannot think what else it could be.
   8 Nov 2019
The 2 plants have grown incredibly slowly and have had 3 years in drought since planted but since they may have a new name I will renew the guards around them
   9 Dec 2019
I will wait until it grows a bit more and take more photos!

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  • 2 Abundance
  • 5 Nov 2019 10:00 AM Recorded on
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  • 30cm to 1 metre Plant height

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