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Epacris purpurascens var. purpurascens - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Epacris purpurascens var. purpurascens
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 24 Dec 1999
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


An erect shrub, 50 - 180 cm high; older stems with prominent short, broad leaf scars. Leaves are spreading and recurved above, ovate to heart-shaped, 7 - 21 mm long, 4.4 - 9 mm wide, with sharply pointed tips. Flowers are showy, 7 - 10 mm diam., covering much of the branchlets, white or sometimes pinkish. Fruit approximately 2 mm long.


Recorded from Gosford in the north, to Narrabeen in the east, Silverdale in the west and Avon Dam vicinity in the South.

Habitat and ecology

  • Found in a range of habitat types, most of which have a strong shale soil influence.
  • Lifespan is recorded to be 5-20 years, requiring 2-4 years before seed is produced in the wild.
  • Killed by fire and re-establishes from soil-stored seed.

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinCumberland Known None
Sydney BasinPittwater Known None
Sydney BasinSydney Cataract Known None
Sydney BasinWyong Known None
Sydney BasinYengo Known None