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Erica recurvata

Image Ross Turner
Common names: Drooping round-headed heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica recurvata is a critically endangered species that was previously known only from a botanical painting published by Henry Charles Andrews between...

03 / 02 / 2014 | Victoria Wilman | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Erica quadrisulcata

Erica quadrisulcata
Common names: orange rock-heath, Swartkop heath, four-groove heath
Family: Ericaceae

A lovely fynbos shrub with bright golden-orange, curved, tubular flowers in showy heads at the tips of branches in mid-summer —  ideal for a...

20 / 01 / 2014 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica quadrangularis

White form in flower
Common names: baby heath, square heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica quadrangularis is an easy-to-grow, graceful shrub, which turns white or pink during late winter, spring to early summer.when it gets covered in...

18 / 02 / 2013 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica psittacina

Erica psittacina flowers
Common names: none listed
Family: Ericaceae

Erica psittacina, discovered by chance in 2002 during an orchid field trip, is the most restricted Erica species in KwaZulu-Natal province....

10 / 05 / 2010 | Suvarna Parbhoo | CREW
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Erica plukenetii

Erica plukenetii shrub
Common names: Plukenet's heath (Eng.); hangertjie (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica plukenetii is a common species that is found on mountain slopes throughout most of the Cape Floristic Region....

29 / 12 / 2008 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica peziza

Erica peziza (Andrewm iSpot)
Common names: woollysnow heath, velvet bell heath, white heath (Eng.); kapokkie (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

A beautiful fynbos shrub that turns snowy white when it flowers in spring....

28 / 12 / 2015 | Nomama Mei | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica perspicua

Erica perspicua
Common names: Prince of Wales heath (Eng.); veerheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

The Kogelberg Biosphere is well known for its plant diversity, with ericas being plentiful, amongst them  Erica perspicua,  one of the most well...

28 / 07 / 2003 | Berenice Carolus | Harold Porter NBG
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Erica patersonii

Erica patersonia
Common names: mielie heath (Eng.); mielieheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

This is one of a number of erica species that are threatened by urban expansion and farming practices....

16 / 06 / 2003 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica nevillei

Erica nevillei flowers showing anthers foliage
Common names: red rock-heath (Eng.); klouterplant (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

The tubular, bright red flowers of Erica nevillei are breathtaking and the low-growing, sprawling habit of this Cape Peninsula endemic will fascinate...

29 / 11 / 2010 | Julia Dabush | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica nana

Common names: dwarf heath
Family: Ericaceae

As winter begins to loosen its grip in the Cape, spring is heralded by a magnificent profusion of sunshine yellow as Erica nana comes into flower....

17 / 05 / 2010 | Julia Dabush | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica margaritacea

Erica margaritacea flowers
Common names: pearl heath (Eng.); heuningheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

The delicate white flowers covering the bush of Erica margaritacea resemble tiny pearls. It only occurs at one locality in the wild, but is a very rewarding...

18 / 05 / 2009 | C Cowell | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica mammosa

Eerica mammosa pink-white, Malmesbury
Common names: nine-pin heath (Eng.); rooiklossieheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica mammosa is one of the few Erica species that has a spectacular range of flower colours, from white to pink, purple, orange and red....

12 / 01 / 2009 | Etienne Arendse | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica lutea

Erica lutea
Common names: yellow-rice heath, rice heath (Eng.); geelrysheide, rysheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

A small fynbos shrublet which has masses of shiny white to yellow flowers in late summer and autumn....

02 / 07 / 2018 | Sinikeziwe Ncaphayi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica lowryensis

Erica lowryensis
Family: Ericaceae

Like so many jewels of the fynbos, one has to be prepared to walk and climb to view this pretty erica which grows on the mountain ranges of the Kogelberg...

07 / 08 / 2006 | Berenice Carolus | Harold Porter NBG
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Erica leucotrachela

Flowers
Common names: white-tip heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica leucotrachela is one of many Erica species that grow high up on the mountain peaks of the Kogelberg Mountains....

12 / 09 / 2005 | Berenice Carolus | Harold Porter NBG
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Erica jasminiflora

Erica jasminiflora
Common names: jasmine heath, trompetheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica jasminiflora forms an erect spindly shrub growing up to 600 mm high. ...

24 / 02 / 2003 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica irregularis

Erica irregularis, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.
Common names: Gansbaai heath
Family: Ericaceae

A very special and beautiful plant that only occurs naturally in one place in the whole world. During the winter months, it transforms the landscape around...

07 / 05 / 2018 | Victoria Wilman | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica inordinata

Erica inordinata
Common names: Kammanassie erica
Family: Ericaceae

Erica inordinata is a lovely species that is not well known because it occurs at a rather high altitude on the insular Kammanassie Mountain Range...

22 / 12 / 2003 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica hirtiflora

Erica hirtiflora flowers
Common names: none
Family: Ericaceae

Erica hirtiflora is a beautiful shrub with masses of purple-pink flowers in summer and autumn; it adds an elegant touch to the garden....

22 / 12 / 2008 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica halicacaba

Growing amonst the rocks
Common names: bladder-heath, gooseberry heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica halicacaba is a unique species with no close relatives in the genus Erica. It is notable for its unusual growth form, its particular niche...

03 / 11 / 2013 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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