Broadway Arboretum

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Agonis flexuosa Peppermint


Location in Arboretum: Swan Coastal Plain
No on Map: SCP05 and also next to Corymbia ficifolia in Karri Forest part of Arboretum

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  • The species name flexuosa is Latin for "full of bends", referring to the zig-zag course of the stem, which changes direction at each leaf node (Sharr, 1996)
  • Two recognised varieties: Agonis flexuosa var. flexuosa and Agonis flexuosa var. latifolia. The cultivar Agonis flexuosa 'Nana' is a dwarf form that is commonly seen in Perth as a hedge.
  • Usually less than 10 metres tall, although it may grow to 15 metres.
  • Peppermint leaves form the basis of the Western Ringtail Possum diet in coastal areas, but its diet is variable depending on its enviroment. In some areas Corymbia calophylla is important.


Jones, B. A., R. A. How, et al. "A field study of Pseudocheirus occidentalis (Marsupialia : Petauridae) II. Population studies." Wildlife Research: Vol 21 (2) pp. 189 - 201

Sharr, F. A. (1996). Western Australian plant names and their meanings, University of Western Australia Press.