Necklace Heath

Dracophyllum secundum

''Dracophyllum secundum'' is a prostrate to semi-erect shrub found in eastern Australia. It occurs from as far south as Pigeon House Mountain north to Kendall, New South Wales on the mid north coast. A common plant in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. Found as far west as Blackheath. It is often noticed by bushwalkers for the attractive flowers and arching foliage.
Dracophyllum Secundum - Necklace Heath  Australia,Dracophyllum secundum,Geotagged,Necklace Heath,Spring

Appearance

The shrub is around 60 centimetres tall with narrow crowded leaves with pointed tips. Leaves are 12 centimetres long by 1 centimetre wide, smooth edged or slightly toothed. Flowering occurs mainly from July to October. Flowers are pink and white. Bell shaped flowers are 6–8 millimetres long, appearing on a long raceme. The fruit is a capsule, around 5 millimetres in diameter. Seeds are dispersed by wind, water and gravity.
Necklace Heath - Dracophyllum secundum  Australia,Dracophyllum secundum,Geotagged,Spring

Naming

The specific epithet ''secundum'' means "arranged on one side only".

Habitat

The habitat is moist rocky areas and wet cliff faces, usually on sandstone. Sites are nutrient poor with permanent moisture. The range of altitude is from sea level to 1,100 metres above sea level, with an average annual rainfall between 900 millimetres and 1,600 millimetres.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderEricales
FamilyEricaceae
GenusDracophyllum
SpeciesD. secundum
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Australia