Epacris microphylla R.Br.

Coral Heath

Prodr. 550 (1910) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Straggling to erect shrubs to c. 1.5 m high. Branchlets villous. Leaves suberect to widely spreading, concave, venation not apparent, broadly ovate to deltoid, (occasionally wider than long), c. 2–3.5 mm long and wide, glabrous, apex abruptly tapered and incurved at tip; base cordate; margins usually minutely serrulate or ciliolate; petiole 0.3–1 mm long. Flowers shortly pedicellate in axils along branches; bracts c. 16–20; sepals ovate to ovate-elliptic, 1.5–3 mm long, obtuse to acute; corolla white, campanulate, tube 1.5–2 mm long, shorter than calyx, lobes 2–3 mm long; anthers enclosed or partly exserted; ovary glabrous, nectary scales rounded, style straight-sided, 0.6–1 mm long, glabrous. Capsule depressed-globular, c. 2 mm diam. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

EGL, EGU, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. Known in Victoria only from scrubs or low damp heath on granite-derived soils on Wilsons Promontory and the far east of the State (e.g. Genoa Peak area, Howe Range east of Mallacoota).

Many old records of Epacris gunnii have been erroneously recorded as this species. Mapped distributions may include some of these records.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-03
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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 microphylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Epacris microphylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory