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Epacris reclinata A.Cunn. ex Benth.
Family Ericaceae
Subfamily Epacridoideae
Common name: Fuchsia Heath

Epacris reclinata A.Cunn. ex Benth. APNI*

Description: Decumbent to spreading shrub to 60 cm high; stems with prominent short, broad, leaf scars; branchlets villous.

Leaves spreading to reflexed, ovate, 5–8.8 mm long, 2.4–5.2 mm wide, apex acuminate, base obtuse or cordate, margins entire or minutely toothed towards base or shortly ciliate; lamina thick, ± concave sometimes sparsely pubescent; petiole 0.6–0.9 mm long.

Flowers extending down branches, spreading to pendent, 4.5–6 mm diam., pink to red, sometimes with lighter lobes; peduncle to 2.5 mm long; bracts acute or acuminate, apiculate. Sepals 2.6–4.1 mm long. Corolla tube 9–17.3 mm long; lobes 1.7–3 mm long. Anthers hidden in tube.

Capsule c. 2 mm long.

Photo J. Plaza


Flowering: June–December

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and heath in skeletal sandy soils on damp sandstone cliff faces and rock ledges; from the Blue Mtns to the Goulburn R. area.
NSW subdivisions: CT, CWS
AVH map***

Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


Life History
Flowers Pink--red, June--December, peak October.

Fruit/seed Capsule 2 mm long.

Dispersal, establishment and growth Diaspore: seed.

Habitat Damp sandstone cliff faces and rock ledges.

Altitude 600--1200 m                                      Annual rainfall 800--1400 mm

Typical local abundance Occasional.

Vegetation Damp ledges e.g. with Callicoma serratifolia, Gleichenia rupestris, Todea barbara, Dracophyllum secundum; moist forest/rainforest e.g. with Eucalyptus oreades.

Substrate Skeletal sandy soil among sandstone rocks e.g. Pagoda rock formations of Newnes Plateau, low nutrients, permanent moisture.

Exposure Mid shade.

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***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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