Melichrus urceolatus R.Br.

Urn Heath

Prodr. 539 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub to c. 60 cm high; branchlets pubescent. Leaves ascending, narrowly lanceolate, 8–25 mm long, 1.5–4.2 mm wide, mucronate, glabrous or scaberulous, flat to concave, lower surface deeply grooved between veins, the mid-vein prominent; margins plane, serrulate. Flowers subsessile to shortly pedunculate; bracts, bracteoles and sepals obtuse to subacute; bracts 5–8, ovate, pinkish; bracteoles depressed ovate, 2.5–4 mm long; sepals ovate-elliptic, 4.5–6 mm long; usually corolla cream, seldom red or rose/pink or plants with a mixture or cream and red/rose-pink flowers; glabrous externally; tube cup-shaped, 2–3.5 mm long; lobes with acute recurved tips, very sparsely hairy, 3–4 mm long, style c. 0.2–0.3 mm long. Flowers mainly May–Oct.

CVU, DunT, EGU, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, MonT, NIS, VAlp. Also Qld, NSW. Occurs in dry sclerophyll forest, woodland and mallee scrub, mainly north of the Great Dividing Range, often on skeletal or gravelly soil.

Although relatively uniform in Victoria, Melichrysus urceolatus is a variable species in need of further study. Victorian material appears close to M. erubescens A. Cunn. ex DC. (of western New South Wales).

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, 2018-05-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Melichrus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Melichrus urceolatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Melichrus urceolatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory