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Yellow Kunzea

Kunzea muelleri

Appearance

Description: Erect or spreading shrub that grows up to 1 m in height. Young stems of the plant are covered in small hairs. 

Leaves: Branches are crowded with leaves and are arranged in more or less opposite, linear pair. Leaves are small and cylindrical in shape measuring 3-8mm in length and 0.5mm in width. Leaves are green in colour and are covered in small white hairs. 

Flowers: The flowers are arranged in groups of mostly two or three near the ends of the branches. The floral cup is hairy and 3–4 mm long. Petals are pale yellow, more or less round and about 1.5 mm long. There are about 24-35 stamens (pollen-bearing organs) that protrude from the flower measuring 3.5–4.5 mm in length. 

Fruit/Seeds: The fruits are bell shaped pods which appear to burst at their opening and droop from branches. Their 3.5-4mm in length and 3mm in diameter. 

 

What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower
  • Full flowering (record all days)
  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)
  • Open seed pods containing seeds (record all days)

ClimateWatch Science Advisor

We expect plants to start shooting and flowering earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. Climate change will directly affect the ecological communities in which this alpine species resides. An increase in temperature and extreme heat events will reduce viable habitat for this species.

Help scientists answer the question: "How are our animals, plants and ecosystems responding to climate change?"

When To Look

Flowering occurs from November to January and is followed by fruit. 

Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes in the timing of these events so remember to keep a lookout all year!

 

Where To Look

Yellow Kunzea is found in heath, grassland, and around bogs, at higher altitudes. 

Note: ClimateWatch is looking for any changes outside of their known ranges so remember to keep a lookout beyond these regions too!

 

Sightings

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