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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.


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.


Epacris longiflora sketch

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


Epacris longiflora watercolour

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

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