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Erica turneri

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 > Section: Ceramia

Distribution and habitat

Apparently confined in distribution to the catchment area of the Klein-Sandrivier on the middle north-facing slopes of the Zuurbraak Mountain in the Langeberg range, about 11 km southwest of Barrydale, Western Cape. They occur at elevations ranging from 580-950 m in quartzitic sands derived from Table Mountain Sandstone. Plants are found in seasonally damp or wet crevices and recesses at the bases of rocks and rock ledges, usually usually in the shade (Turner & Oliver 2006).

Flowering time

May to August.

Origin of name

Named by E.G.H Oliver after Ross Turner who discovered the species.


  • Turner, R.C. and Oliver, E.G.H. 2006. Two new species of Erica (Ericaceae) from the Langeberg, Western Cape, South Africa. Bothalia 36(1): 33-37.


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