Dracophyllum_secundum.jpg (38635 bytes)Dracophyllum secundum: is a member of the Epacridaceae family and is a dwarf to small shrub that may reach a height of 1.5 metres.

Leaves are linear to lanceolate with a sheath at the base and tapering to a long, narrow point.

As with all family members, Dracophyllum secundum leaves have veins that are parallel to the margins.

Individual flowers are tubular, small, white to pink in colour and profuse. Blooms are carried in terminal spikes containing a number of individual flowers. Spikes may be up to 15 centimetres long. Flowering occurs in winter and early summer.

Dracophyllum secundum is confined to New South Wales and may be found in all coastal regions as well as the central and southern tablelands. The species grows on sandstone rock ledges and wet cliffs. The species often grows together with Epacris reclinata, another Epacridaceae.

The specimen illustrated was photographed at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Dracophyllum secundum is rarely observed in cultivation but could be grown as an interesting container plant.

Propagation is said to be from seed. Cuttings are difficult and slow to form roots.