Epacris longiflora .. fuchsia heath by Michael Matthews

Epacris longiflora .. fuchsia heath by 

Found in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Family: Ericaceae (subfamily Styphelioideae)
Distribution: Heath and open forests of New South Wales and southern Queensland.
Common Name: Fuchsia Heath
Derivation of Name: Epacris….from Greek, epi, upon and acris, a summit, referring to the altitude where some species occur
longiflora…..from Latin longus, long and florus, to flower, referring to the long, narrow flowers.

Epacris longiflora is common in moist sandstone gullies around the central coast of New South Wales and is also found further north in that state and around the NSW/Queensland border. It is typically a fairly straggly shrub comprising several long, arching branches and is usually less than a metre in height. The leaves are small and triangular in shape with a sharp point.

The flowers are narrow and tubular, up to 40mm long and occur along the branches. They contain nectar and are frequented by honey-eating birds. The typical colour is red with a white tip but some variations are in cultivation such as a fully white form. In nature, the plant almost always has some flowers present but cultivated plants seem to have a peak during summer-autumn.

Australian Native Plants group, Aug 2010.
Gorgeous Flower Cards, May 2011.
Australia! You’re Standing In It, June 2011.
Wildflowers of the World, Oct 2011.
From The Earth, Mar 2015.

Winner of Bell Shaped Blooms Challenge in Australian Native Plants group, Jan 2011.
Runner up, Australian Native Plants challenge for September 2009.

4192 views at Mar 1, 2015.

Photographed with a Canon 400D, ISO 400, F7.

For the macro groups, the widest part of this flower is around 1cm across.

Epacris number 2

Flowers on the same walk

Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
The Blue Mountains are my favourite spot at the moment.

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  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterover 6 years ago

    Very pretty flowers – great shot!

  • Thanks Lori. One of my sisters bought this one as a christmas card which I thought was quite appropriate.

    – Michael Matthews

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyover 6 years ago

    beautiful flower mq

  • Thank you.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 6 years ago

    Michael, as I’ve been scrolling through your portfolio, I am seeing many flowers I’ve never known existed before! They’re outstanding! And this one is no exception! It’s beautiful! – Pat

  • Thanks Pat. We have some rare & exceptionally beautiful flowers in Australia, most of them designed for dry conditions. I’m glad you like the photos & thank you for adding so many of them to your favourites.

    – Michael Matthews

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 6 years ago

    A stunning photo

  • Thank you. This one sold well as a christmas card last year.

    – Michael Matthews

  • wombatwal
    wombatwalover 5 years ago

    What a fantastic image.

  • Thanks for the compliment Bruce. I might use this one for christmas cards.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...about 5 years ago

    breathtakingly beautifull

  • Thank you Louise. It looks like a dessert from the fridge. Pardon the delay in responding. I’ve been away for a few days.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnalmost 5 years ago

    This is the best photo I have ever seen of my favourite Aussie fuschia. Excellent!

  • Thanks for the great compliment Mike & for the fave.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...over 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture.

  • Thanks Lorraine. You’ve just helped it reach 500 views. Thanks for that as well.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Brian Pelkey
    Brian Pelkeyover 4 years ago

    The colors are stunning.

  • Thanks Brian & thanks for the fave. This little beauty is flowering again now .. in winter !

    – Michael Matthews

  • SteffiCraig
    SteffiCraigover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! :)))

  • Thank you.

    – Michael Matthews

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