Epacris paludosa R.Br.

Swamp Heath

Prodr. 551 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Bushy to erect shrub to c. 1.6 m high. Branchlets puberulent to tomentose. Leaves erect to spreading, lanceolate to elliptic-ovate, 5–13 mm long, (1–)1.5–3 mm wide, glabrous, flat or concave, 1–3-nerved beneath, midvein often slightly keeled; apex acuminate, mucronate; margins minutely serrulate; base cuneate; petiole c. 1 mm long. Flowers subsessile or shortly pedicellate in axils, forming terminal clusters or crowded along the upper c. 6 cm of branchlets; bracts 14–22; sepals ovate, 4–5.5 mm long, acute to acuminate; corolla white, tubular to narrowly campanulate, tube 4–6 mm long, equal to or slightly exceeding calyx, scaberulous internally, lobes 2–4 mm long, obtuse; anthers enclosed or rarely exserted; ovary glabrous, nectary scales triangular, style slightly thicker in middle third, glabrous, 4–6 mm long. Flowers Jul.–Jan.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Mostly occurring in montane to subalpine bogs and stream margins, where common and often dominant, but scattered populations also occur in lowland wet heaths in East Gippsland.

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 paludosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Epacris paludosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands 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