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Erica ericoides 

[= Blaeria ericoides]

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Order: Ericales > Family: Ericaceae > Genus: Erica > Capsular species
Erica ericoides 

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 Colin Paterson-Jones ]

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 April. 

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).

 

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