Epacris breviflora Stapf

Drumstick Heath

Bull. Misc. Inform. 1910: 216 (1910) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub to c. 1.5 m high. Branchlets shortly pubescent. Leaves erect to spreading, ovate, 4–10 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, glabrous (rarely scabrous-pubescent), flat or concave, midvein ± keeled distally beneath; apex often recurved, acuminate with an apical mucro; margins minutely serrulate; base cuneate; petiole 0.5–1 mm long. Flowers subsessile in axils, forming terminal clusters or (rarely) extending shortly down branches; bracts 10–23; sepals elliptic, 3.2–5 mm long, acute; corolla white, campanulate, tube 1.7–3 mm long, glabrous, lobes (2–)2.5–4 mm long, obtuse to subacute; anthers enclosed or partly exserted; ovary glabrous, nectary scales truncate, style straight-sided, glabrous, 0.3–1.5(–2) mm long. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

CVU, EGU, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. Occurs in subalpine and montane sphagnum bogs and stream margins, descending to lower elevations in areas subject to cold air drainage (e.g. Shelley, Chiltern), apparently absent from the Baw Baw Plateau. Occasionally found in moist sheltered rock crevices on mountain ranges.

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 breviflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Epacris breviflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory