Getting more impressive: the ‘Double Pink’ form of the Common Heath (Epacris impressa)

Despite having visited the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens more times than I care to remember, there is always something new there to see.

About two weeks back I was looking around one of the native plants section and found an interesting heath (Epacris) planted there.

It was the double pink-form of the common heath (Epacris impressa). Unlike the normal Common heath with it’s long trumpet-like flowers, this interesting form shorter corollas and rose-like petals, not unlike the widely cultivated double rose-form  Camelias we see in many gardens.

How exquisite! I wonder how this form came about.

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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