Epacris petrophila Hook.f.

Snow Heath

Fl. Tasman. 1: 261 (1857) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect shrub to c. 80 cm high. Branchlets densely covered with short retrorse hairs. Leaves suberect to appressed, ovate to obovate, 1.4–3.2 mm long, 0.8–1.5 mm wide, glabrous, ± planoconvex in section, slightly keeled beneath, venation obscure; apex tapered to a subacute or obtuse ± incurved tip; margins smooth or minutely serrulate; base obtuse to cuneate, appressed to stem; petiole indistinct, 0.1–0.2 mm long. Flowers subsessile, forming small terminal clusters to l cm long; bracts 8–10; sepals ovate, 2–3 mm long, subacute; corolla white, campanulate, glabrous, tube 1.3–2 mm long, slightly shorter than calyx, lobes recurved, 1.8–2.5 mm long, obtuse; anthers partly exserted; ovary glabrous; nectary scales truncate; style straight-sided, 0.3–0.6 mm long, glabrous. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

HNF, HSF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Known only from Lake Mountain, the Baw Baw Plateau and the summit area of Mt Howitt, but often locally plentiful in subalpine heathland of the margins of pools, in bogs and in frost hollows.

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 petrophila in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Epacris petrophila 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

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory