NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Environment Australia, June 2000
ISBN 0 7313 6134 2
Mr A.A. Hamilton, a gardener at Centennial Park, Sydney, first discovered Epacris hamiltonii, at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, in January 1900. The species was described by Maiden and Betche and named in his honour (Maiden and Betche, 1900).
Epacris hamiltonii is a spreading shrub that grows on the cliff edges lining moist gullies in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. Until 1994, only one population was known to exist within a gully in the Blue Mountains National Park. Approximately four thousand plants are now known to occur over a range of five kilometres in three creek catchments of the upper Blue Mountains.
This revised recovery plan describes our current understanding of Epacris hamiltonii, documents the research and management actions undertaken to date, and identifies the actions required and parties responsible to ensure the ongoing viability of the species in the wild.