Epacris calvertiana

Epacris calvertiana, commonly known as drumstick heath,[2] is a plant of the heath family, Ericaceae and is endemic to the south-east of the Australian continent. It is an erect shrub with egg-shaped leaves with a sharp-pointed tip and with clusters of white flowers arranged near the end of the branches. It grows in Victoria, New South Wales and the far south-east of Queensland.

Epacris calvertiana
Epacris calvertiana var. calvertiana foliage and flowers.jpg
Epacris calvertiana growing in the ANBG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Epacris
E. calvertiana
Binomial name
Epacris calvertiana


Epacris breviflora is an erect shrub which usually grows to a height of 0.5–1.0 m (2–3 ft) and has hairy young branches. The leaves are egg-shaped 4–7.5 mm (0.2–0.3 in) long and about 1.5–3.5 mm (0.06–0.1 in) long. The leaves have a rounded base and a sharply pointed tip. The flowers are clustered in the axils of the upper leaves. There are 10 to 23 bracts at the base of the flowers and five sepals 3–4 mm (0.1–0.2 in) long. The petals are joined to form a white, bell-shaped tube 2–3 mm (0.08–0.1 in) long with five lobes on the end, 2.5–3.5 mm (0.098–0.14 in) long. The five stamens and the single style are mostly enclosed in the petal tube. Flowering is mainly in summer but flowers are usually present throughout the year. The fruit are capsules about 2 mm (0.08 in) long.[3][2]

Taxonomy and namingEdit

Epacris calvertiana was first formally described in 1873 by Ferdinand von Mueller and the description was published in the journal, Fragmenta phytographiae Australiae.[4][5] The specific epithet (calvertiana) honours Louisa Atkinson, (under her married name of Louisa Calvert) who collected the type specimen.[5]

Distribution and habitatEdit

Drumstick heath mainly occurs along the Great Dividing Range from far south-eastern Queensland to eastern Victoria, sometimes at lower altitudes subject to cooler temperatures. It grows in swamps and other damp places.[3][2]


  1. ^ "Eucalyptus leptopoda". Australian Plant Census. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Ohlsen, Daniel. "Epacris longiflora". Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Powell, Jocelyn M. "Epacris longiflora". Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Epacris calvertiana". APNI. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b von Mueller, Ferdinand (1873). Fragmenta phytographiae Australiae. Melbourne: Victorian Government Printer. pp. 52–53. Retrieved 13 September 2019.