Epacris gunnii Hook.f.

London J. Bot. 6: 272 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending to erect shrub to c. 1 m high. Branchlets puberulent to shortly villous. Leaves ascending to spreading or reflexed, concave, venation indistinct, broadly ovate, 2–6.5 mm long, 1.8–5.5 mm wide, glabrous; apex shortly acuminate, ± pungent, straight or somewhat incurved; margins minutely serrulate; base cordate or rarely almost obtuse-truncate; petiole 0.2–0.5 mm long. Flowers subsessile to pedicellate in axils along branches; bracts 12–21; sepals ovate to ovate-elliptic, 2.2–3 mm long, obtuse; corolla white, tube 1.2–2 mm long, shorter than the calyx, lobes 1.7–2.7, obtuse; anthers exserted or partly exserted; ovary glabrous, nectary scales truncate, style straight-sided, 0.4–1 mm long, glabrous. Flowers any month at lower elevations, Oct.–Feb. at higher elevations.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. Typically a species of montane to alpine (usually wet) heathland or grassland, but also occurring at several lowland locations in swampy vegetation (e.g. Lilydale where now very rare, Lang Lang, Wonthaggi, and a disjunct occurrence in the western Otways).

Source: Albrecht, D.E. (1996). Epacridaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Epacris
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Epacris gunnii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Epacris gunnii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory