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Epacris purpurascens Sims
Family Ericaceae
Subfamily Styphelioideae
Epacris purpurascens Sims APNI*

Description: Erect shrub, 50–150 cm high; stems with prominent short, broad, leaf scars; branchlets villous.

Leaves appressed to stem near base, spreading and recurving above, ovate or cordate, 7–21 mm long, 4.4–9 mm wide, apex acuminate, base obtuse or cordate, margins entire or fimbriate towards base; lamina thin, concave; petiole 0.8–1.5 mm long.

Flowers along much of the branchlet, usually 7–10 mm diam., white or tinged with red; peduncle 1–2 mm long; bracts acuminate. Sepals 4.3–6.5 mm long. Corolla tube 4.3–7.7 mm long; lobes 3.6–5 mm long. Anthers half-exserted.

Capsule 2–2.5 mm long.


Flower

Flowering: July–Sept. on coast, mainly Oct.–Nov. on tablelands.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and scrub and near creeks and swamps on sandstone, from Gosford to the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, ST
AVH map***

Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
Taxon concept:

 Key to the varieties 
1Leaves with aristate tip to 1.4 mm long, margins entire, petiole glabrous; corolla tube shorter than to as long as sepals, 4.3–6 mm long, lobes 4.6–5 mm long; style 5.5–6.8 mm long; capsule c. 2 mm longvar. purpurascens
Leaves with tip 1–2.2 mm long, margins fimbriate at least towards base; petiole pubescent; corolla tube longer than sepals, 6.2–7.7 mm long, lobes 3.6–4 mm long; style 7.7–8 mm long; capsule c. 2.5 mm longvar. onosmiflora

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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