Epacris impressa

Common name: 

Common Heath
Pink Heath

Family: 
Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Murray Mallee, Riverina, Victorian Volcanic Plain (CDEHJKMNPRSTVWXYZ) also SA, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Widespread and common in heathlands, woodlands and open forests1

Flower description:

White or red-pink1

Habit:

Erect or spreading shrub to 1.2 m2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Epacris impressa is the Victorian floral emblem. This species has 5 small indentations near the base of the petal tube and leaves are 5-10 mm long. Epacris lanuginosa has a distinctly hairy style. Epacris obtusifolia is rare throughout the Prom except for north of Darby saddle, it has leaves that are blunt tipped and oblong-elliptic. Epacris microphylla occurs on the Singapore Peninsula and has small, concave, stem-clasping leaves1,2

Images:
Image of Epacris impressa
Image of Epacris impressa
Image of Epacris impressa Image: David Meagher
Image of Epacris impressa Image: David Meagher
Conservation status:

Not threatened

References:

1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria