Australian New Crops Info 2016
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Listing of Interesting Plants of the World:

Kunzea capitata



This species is usually known as:

Kunzea capitata


This species has also been known as:

Kunzea capitata var. glabrescens


No common names have been found



Trends (five databases) 1901-2013:
[Number of papers mentioning Kunzea capitata: 22]



Popularity of Kunzea capitata over time
[Left-hand Plot: Plot of numbers of papers mentioning Kunzea capitata (histogram and left hand axis scale of left-hand plot) and line of best fit, 1901 to 2013 (equation and % variation accounted for in box); Right-hand Plot: Plot of a proportional micro index, derived from numbers of papers mentioning Kunzea capitata as a proportion (scaled by multiplying by one million) of the approximate total number of papers available in databases for that year (frequency polygon and left-hand axis scale of right-hand plot) and line of best fit, 1901 to 2013 (equation and % variation accounted for in box)] 

[For larger charts showing the numbers of papers that have mentioned this species over years, select this link; there are links to come back from there]



[Total number of keywords included in the papers that mentioned this species: 87]


Kunzea (3), kunzea capitata (3), Australia (2), dormancy breaking (2), genetic variation (2), hybrids (2), kunzea ambigua (2), seed germination (2), viability (2), aerosol smoke (1), anisopogon avenaceus (1), architecture (1), asterolasia elegans (1), Beer's law (1), buried seeds (1), chromosome number (1), coastal heathland (1), comesperma ericinum (1), conospermum taxifolium (1), Cyperaceae (1), darwinia biflora (1), developmental stages (1), digitising (1), Extinction coefficients (1), fire (1), fire ecology (1), fire history (1), fire intensity (1), fire management (1), fire resistance (1), floristic composition (1), floristic variation (1), gania sieberiana (1), geographical variation (1), germination (1), Grevillea (1), grevillea caleyi (1), grevillea linearifolia (1), grevillea speciosa (1), heat shock (1), heat tolerance (1), karyotyping (1), Kunzea baxteri (1), Kunzea parvifolia (1), Kunzea rupestris (1), Kunzspermum (1), Leaf angle distribution (1), Leptospermum (1), light interception (1), mitosis (1), Myrtaceae (1), New South Wales (1), New Zealand (1), persoonia pinifolia (1), plant anatomy (1), plant coexistence (1), plant taxonomy (1), Poaceae (1), Polygalaceae (1), Proteaceae (1), Rutaceae (1), seed banks (1), seed dormancy (1), seed longevity (1), self-shading (1), soil seed bank (1), species abundance (1), species evenness (1), species richness (1), stackhousia viminea (1), storage (1), Sunlit foliage (1), wild relatives (1), YPLANT (1), Zieria (1), zieria involucrata (1)


[If all keywords are not here (as indicated by .....), they can be accessed from this link; there are links to come back from there]



Most likely scope for crop use/product (%):
[Please note: When there are only a few papers mentioning a species, care should be taken with the interpretation of these crop use/product results; as well, a mention may relate to the use of a species, or the context in which it grows, rather than a product]


smoking (86.91), fruit (9.94), medicinal (0.48), poison (0.35), weed (0.26), ornamental (0.22), starch (0.16), cereal (0.11), nutraceutical (0.11), grain legume (0.11)…..


[To see the full list of crop use/product outcomes, from searching abstracts of the papers that have mentioned this species, select this link; details of the analysis process have also been included; there are links to come back from there]



Recent mentions of this species in the literature:
[since 2012, with links to abstracts; The references from 1901-2013 which have been used for the trend, keyword and crop use/product analyses below, are listed below these references]


Wan JSH and Bonser SP (2016) Enemy release at range edges: do invasive species escape their herbivores as they expand into new areas? J Plant Ecol 9, 636-647.

Thornhill AH, Ho SYW, Külheim C and Crisp MD (2015) Interpreting the modern distribution of Myrtaceae using a dated molecular phylogeny. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 93, 29-43.

Tozer WC, Rice B and Westoby M (2015) Evolutionary divergence of leaf width and its correlates. Am. J. Botany 102, 367-378.



References 1901-2013 (and links to abstracts):
[Number of papers mentioning Kunzea capitata: 22; Any undated papers have been included at the end]


Biffin E, Lucas EJ, Craven LA, Ribeiro da Costa I, Harrington MG and Crisp MD (2010) Evolution of exceptional species richness among lineages of fleshy-fruited Myrtaceae. Ann. Bot. 106, 79-93.

Thomas P, Morris E, Auld T and Haigh A (2010) The interaction of temperature, water availability and fire cues regulates seed germination in a fire-prone landscape. Oecologia 162, 293-302.

Tierney DA and Wardle GM (2008) The relative fitness of parental and hybrid Kunzea (Myrtaceae): The interaction of reproductive traits and ecological selection. Am. J. Botany 95, 146-155.

Wang WM, Li ZL and Su HB (2007) Comparison of leaf angle distribution functions: Effects on extinction coefficient and fraction of sunlit foliage. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 143, 106-122.

Tierney DA and Wardle GM (2005) Differential seed ecology in the shrubs Kunzea rupestris, K. capitata and associated hybrids (Myrtaceae): the function of thin-walled fruit in a fire-prone vegetation. Australian journal of botany. 53, 4.

de Lange PJ and Murray BG (2004) Chromosome numbers in Kunzea (Myrtaceae). Australian journal of botany. 52, 5.

(2003) Use of salvaged bush soil and brush matting to restore quarry sites. Ecological Management & Restoration 4, 221-224.

(2003) Mental maps: A pilot trial for assessing community understanding for participation. Ecological Management & Restoration 4, 229-232.

(2003) Conservation of Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo on the Atherton Tablelands. Ecological Management & Restoration 4, 220-221.

(2003) To clean or not to clean? Ecologically sensitive management of beaches. Ecological Management & Restoration 4, 227-229.

(2003) Displacement of a flying-fox camp using sound. Ecological Management & Restoration 4, 224-227.

(2003) Variability of seed supply in western Sydney. Ecological Management & Restoration 4, 232-234.

Falster DS and Westoby M (2003) Leaf size and angle vary widely across species: what consequences for light interception? New Phytologist 158, 509-525.

Thomas PB, Morris EC and Auld TD (2003) Interactive effects of heat shock and smoke on germination of nine species forming soil seed banks within the Sydney region. Austral Ecology 28, 674-683.

Morrison DA (2002) Effects of fire intensity on plant species composition of sandstone communities in the Sydney region. Austral Ecology 27, 433-441.

Henery ML and Westoby M (2001) Seed mass and seed nutrient content as predictors of seed output variation between species. Oikos 92, 479-490.

Auld TD, Keith DA and Bradstock RA (2000) Patterns in longevity of soil seedbanks in fire-prone communities of south-eastern Australia. Australian journal of botany., 4.

Morris DW, Fox BJ, Luo J and Monamy V (2000) Habitat-dependent competition and the coexistence of Australian heathland rodents. Oikos 91, 294-306.

Myerscough PJ, Clarke PJ and Skelton NJ (1995) Plant coexistence in coastal heaths: Floristic patterns and species attributes. Australian Journal of Ecology 20, 482-493.

A.R.H M (1994) Kurnell Fen: an eastern Australian coastal wetland, its Holocene vegetation, relevant to sea-level change and aboriginal land use. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 80, 311-332.

Keith DA and Myerscough PJ (1993) Floristics and soil relations of upland swamp vegetation near Sydney. Australian Journal of Ecology 18, 325-344.

Burrough PA, Brown L and Morris EC (1977) Variations in vegetation and soil pattern across the Hawkesbury Sandstone plateau from Barren Grounds to Fitzroy Falls, New South Wales. Australian Journal of Ecology 2, 137-159.

Biffin E, Lucas EJ, Craven LA, Ribeiro da Costa I, Harrington MG and Crisp MD Evolution of exceptional species richness among lineages of fleshy-fruited Myrtaceae. Ann. Bot. 106, 79-93.


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