Brachyloma ericoides subsp. ericoides

Brush Heath

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or spreading shrub c. 20–60 cm high; branchlets short-pubescent. Leaves dense, ascending, linear to narrowly elliptic, 4–13 mm long, 0.7–1.5 mm wide, mucronate, glabrous or almost so, flat to slightly convex, lower surface paler; margins plane to slightly recurved, serrulate. Flowers solitary (rarely paired); bracts and bracteoles broadly ovate to orbicular; bracts c. 6–17; bracteoles 1.3–3 mm long; sepals ovate-elliptic, 2.8–4.3 mm long, obtuse; corolla pink, rarely white, tube urceolate to bulbous, 3.5–5 mm long, constricted at apex, with 5 pubescent scales inserted below anthers; lobes not or slightly spreading, 2–2.7 mm long, obtuse to subacute, inner surface with spreading hairs towards centre; anthers cohering (sometimes only briefly); ovary 5(–6)-locular, style glabrous. Fruit globose, 3.5–5 mm long. Flowers Apr.–Nov.

DunT, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, Wim. Also SA.

The Kangaroo Is. endemic Brachyloma ericoides subsp. bicolor R. Bates, differs in the pale green corolla tube, bracteoles and sepals, and the bright orange-yellow corolla lobes. Plants from Western Australia are included in a third subspecies, B. ericoides subsp. occidentale.

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, 2019-04-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Brachyloma
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Brachyloma ericoides subsp. ericoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Brachyloma ericoides subsp. ericoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

State distribution

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South Australia