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Kunzea ericoides - kānuka, white tea tree

Myrtle family: Myrtaceae

Kunzea ericoides is a tree with small narrow dark green leaves that are not sharply pointed. An abundance of small white flowers are formed in the late spring and the capsules are not long persistent. Named after the German biologist, Gustav Kunze (1793-1851)
An endemic species found throughout New Zealand with several varieties recognized.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 18 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 4-8 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, narrow-linear, pointed tips

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 4-12 mm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: single or in groups

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: numerous

Leaf margin: smooth, fine hairs

Ovary: below petals

Leaf surface: hairs on undersurface

Fruit: dry