Sprengelia incarnata

Common name: 

Pink Swamp-heath

Family: 
Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (CDEJKNPSTXZ) also SA, NSW, Tas

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

Common in damp habitats on northern heathlands1

Flower description:

Pink2

Habit:

Prickly erect shrub to 2 m1,2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This is a prickly shrub that has flowers on the end of short branches. Its leaves completely sheath the stems at their bases. Flowers are pink, with darker centres2

Images:
Image of Sprengelia incarnata
Image of Sprengelia incarnata Image: Freya Thomas
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