Richea continentis B.L.Burtt

Candle Heath

Bot. Mag. 163: t. 9632 (1941) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Dense, much-branched shrub 0.5–1 m high. Older branches without prominent annular scars; old leaves or their remains persisting. Leaves erect to spreading, ovate-lanceolate to triangular, 1–4 cm long, 2–7 mm wide, flat to concave, concolorous; apex straight or decurved, shortly pungent-pointed; margins serrulate. Flowers in narrow spike-like panicles, 10–30 cm long; peduncle exserted 4–15 cm beyond leaves; inflorescence axis pubescent; lateral branches to 8 mm long; sepals 5, ovate, 2.5–3.5 mm long, obtuse to subacute; corolla creamy-white, 4–6 mm long; anthers oblong to broadly elliptic; filaments 2–4 mm long; nectary 0.5–1 mm long, style c. 1 mm long. Fruit c. 2 mm long; seeds c. 0.6–0.8 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

HNF, HSF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Locally common in montane to alpine wet heathland near watercourses or bogs, usually associated with sphagnum moss.

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 Richea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Richea continentis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Richea continentis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory