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.
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
Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Leaves 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 long||var. 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 long||var. onosmiflora|
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