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Sparse Heath - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Epacris sparsa
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 26 Jul 2019


A small erect to spreading, well-branched shrub that grows to 90 cm high, but is often much smaller. Older stems are brittle and reddish-brown with persistent leaf scars. Leaves are elliptic to ovate 11 – 17 mm long and up to 4 mm wide with acute tips. Flowers are conspicuous, tubular, cream to greenish-white, and are pendant near the ends of branches. Fruit is a capsule 2.5 – 3.5 mm long.


Restricted to the lower Grose River, within the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains LGAs.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in Riparian Sandstone Scrub, where it is found on the base of cliffs or rock faces, on rock ledges or among rocks in the riparian flood zone.
  • Grows in small pockets of damp clay soil, chiefly on south-west facing slopes.
  • In rocky sites the scrub vegetation is dominated by Tristaniopsis laurina, Leptospermum trinervium, Allocasuarina littoralis, Acacia longifolia, Grevillea sericea and Lomandra fluviatilis.
  • In wetter, more sheltered sites typical species include Callicoma serratifolia, Backhousia myrtifolia, Austromyrtus tenuifolia, Leucopogon lanceolatus, Lomandra montana, Todea barbara, Sticherus flabellatus and Dracophyllum secundum.
  • Flowering occurs from April to June, with pollinators unknown. Young plants start flowering when 20–30cm high. Flowers are often plentiful, with flower tubes dropping readily and exposing the developing fruit.
  • Appears to be killed by fire.
  • There is no evidence of vegetative spread in E. sparsa, however, plants appear to resprout readily from lignotubers at the woody base after disturbance.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Sydney BasinWollemi Known None