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Epacris longiflora: Plate 197

Epacris longiflora: Plate 197

Engraved plate

Epacris longiflora plate

 

Plate 197 from Banks' Florilegium shows Epacris longiflora (Epacridaceae). Epacris longiflora, also known as fuchsia heath, is found in forests of New South Wales. 'Epacris' means 'on a summit' in Latin and refers to the altitude where it is commonly found. A related species, Epacris impressa, is the state flower of Victoria. Solander originally named this plant Ericastrum pulcherrimum: 'Ericastrum' to acknowledge its similarity to the Erica (heather) species, and 'pulcherrimum' meaning 'most beautiful'.

This plate was engraved by Charles White.

Photo: George Serras.

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Specimen

Epacris longiflora specimen

 

This specimen of Epacris longiflora was collected by Banks and Solander at Botany Bay, New South Wales. Courtesy: Royal National Botanical Gardens.

Sketch

Epacris longiflora sketch

 

This sketch was completed by Endeavour artist Sydney Parkinson in 1770. Courtesy: The Natural History Museum, London.

Watercolour

Epacris longiflora watercolour

 

This watercolour, based on Parkinson's sketch, was painted by James Miller. Courtesy: The Natural History Museum, London.