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Common name: Common Heath
Epacris impressa Labill. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub to 120 cm high, leaf scars small, cup-shaped, branchlets pubescent.
Leaves spreading, linear-lanceolate to ovate or lanceolate, 4–13 mm long, 1–2.9 mm wide, apex acuminate to acute, base truncate, margins entire or scabrous; lamina thin, ± flat, finely pubescent; petiole < 0.5 mm long.
Flowers conspicuous, often pendent, extending down from apex of branches, 4–8 mm diam., white, pink or red; peduncle to 2.5 mm long, pubescent; bracts acute. Sepals 2–5.1 mm long. Corolla tube 6.2–18 mm long; lobes 1.9–3.8 mm long. Anthers obvious in throat.
Capsule 3.3–3.5 mm long.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest and woodland, in scrub and heath, occasionally in swampy areas on sandy soils; south from Budawang Ra.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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