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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.
This specimen of Epacris longiflora was collected by Banks and Solander at Botany Bay, New South Wales. Courtesy: Royal National Botanical Gardens.
This sketch was completed by Endeavour artist Sydney Parkinson in 1770. Courtesy: The Natural History Museum, London.
This watercolour, based on Parkinson's sketch, was painted by James Miller. Courtesy: The Natural History Museum, London.