[= Blaeria ericoides]
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Erica ericoides and Leucadendron
laureolum flowering in winter in the Silvermine section of the Table
Mountain National Park on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. [photo
Erica ericoides, Kleinmond Nature Reserve.
[photo H. Robertson, Iziko ©]
Occurs in fynbos on lower slopes from Cape Peninsula to
Napier (South Africa: Western Cape). Grows as a woody shrub to a height of about
80 cm. Flowers are small and tubular with 4 exerted anthers and grow in umbels
of 6-12 flowers each, on the ends of branches. Flowers from January to
Derivation of name
The name 'ericoides' means 'looking like an erica'.
Although now considered to belong to the genus Erica, it was considered
by Linnaeus to belong to a separate genus called Blaeria (named after a
Scottish botanist called Patrick Blair).