Epacris obtusifolia Sm.

Blunt-leaf Heath

Exot. Bot. 1: 77, t. 40 (1806) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect, typically few-stemmed shrub to c. 1 m high. Branchlets pubescent. Leaves crowded, ascending, oblong-elliptic, 3.5–11 mm long, 1–2.8 mm wide, glabrous, ± flat, 1–3-nerved beneath, midvein often slightly keeled; apex obtuse, incurved; margins smooth to minutely serrulate; base cuneate; petiole 0.5–1 mm long. Flowers shortly pedicellate in axils, often secund, extending down branches for up to c. 15 cm; bracts 13–24; sepals ovate-elliptic, 3.5–5.5 mm long, obtuse; corolla white to cream, tubular to narrowly campanulate, tube 4–6.5 mm long, exceeding calyx, glabrous, lobes 1.5–2.2 mm long, obtuse; anthers enclosed; ovary glabrous, nectary scales narrowly triangular, style straight-sided or slightly thicker in middle third, glabrous, 2.6–5 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. Scattered throughout southern Victoria, usually in wet lowland heaths and heathy woodlands.

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 obtusifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Epacris obtusifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory