Epacris longiflora .. fuchsia heath

Michael Matthews

Sydney, Australia

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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.

Features
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.

Challenge Wins
Bell Shaped Blooms, Australian Native Plants, Jan 2011.
Letter E, Wildflowers of the World, Apr 2016.

5021 views at June 6, 2016.

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

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