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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Myrtaceae — any of several Australian shrubs with large crimson flowers.


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Named after German botanist Gustav Kuntze (1793-1851) by botanist Ludwig Reichenbach (1793-1879).


  • In the Taupo volcanic zone there are at least 18 well defined geothermal areas with a very specialized and endemic flora; some species, like the prostrate kanuka (Kunzea ericoides microflorum), can grow only in geothermal areas.

    Northland temperate forests

  • Prior to human arrival the drier central regions of Otago probably had a cover of low conifer-broadleaf forest made up of species like mountain toatoa (Phyllocladus alpinus), Hall's totara (Podocarpus hallii), broadleaf (Griselinia littoralis), and kanuka (Kunzea ericoides).

    Cantebury-Otago tussock grasslands

  • The common broadleaf tree species in mixed kauri forest include: tanekaha (Phyllocladus trichomanoides), towai (Weinmannia silvicola), kanuka (Kunzea ericoides), rewarewa (Knightia excelsa), and hinau (Elaeocarpus dentatus).

    Northland temperate kauri forests


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