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Erica fontana

Erica fontana, fresh flowers at the stem tip
Common names: fountain heath (Eng.); fonteinheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... widens at the mouth. Visually this plant resembles Erica perspicua , the Prince of Wales heath, however, it is ... with fresh and dead flowers on the plant at the same time. Erica fontana is found throughout the southern part of the ... near Paulsberg down to Olifantsbos and further south. Erica fontana is a wetland species and often grows in seepage ...

25 / 12 / 2023 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica heliophila

Erica heliophila
Common names: sunlover heath (Eng.); sonliefhebber heide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden November 2023 Erica heliophila grows up to 600 mm tall and forms an erect ... the calyx being small and inconspicuous. The corolla of Erica heliophila is about 6 mm long, urn-shaped with ... appendages at or near the base of the anther cell). Erica heliophila looks similar to Erica tetragona but differs ...

06 / 11 / 2023 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica cubica var. cubica

Erica cubica
Common names: cube heath (Eng.) kubusheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... du Preez and Jenny Potgieter for providing the pictures. Erica cubica is an erect evergreen shrub, and grows quite ... time is in spring and early summer (September to January). Erica seriphiifolia and Erica tetrathecoides are closely related and similar to Erica ...

25 / 09 / 2023 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica calcareophila

Erica calcareophila
Common names: limestone heath (Eng.)
Family: Ericaceae

... 2023 Acknowledgements: images by Kamogelo Solomon Modimola Erica calcareophila is a plant species in the Ericaceae ... and can be hairless or fringed with fine hairs. This erica produces white blooms in groups of up to 6 flowers at ... waxy. It typically blooms in winter, from July to August. Erica calcareophila occurs in the limestone hills of the ...

24 / 07 / 2023 | Yandisa Ndzeku | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica curtophylla

Erica curtophylla. Photo Jenny Potgieter
Common names: curved-leaf heath (Eng.); krulblaarheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... the author thanks Jenny Potgieter for the pictures of Erica curtophylla in habitat and Alice Notten for the ... of it in the Collections Nursery, Kirstenbosch NBG. Erica curtophylla is a low-growing, upright, evergreen shrub, ... seeds  drop to the ground and form the natural seed bank. Erica seeds can lie dormant in the soil for an extensive ...

19 / 06 / 2023 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica empetrina

Flowers of Erica empetrina
Common names: crowberry heath (Eng.); kraaibessieheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... along the upper parts of the branches. Fig. 2 . Leaves of Erica empetrina. The tips of the flowering branches present ... from September to December. Fig. 3. A flowering stem of Erica empetrina. This plant is endemic to the Cape Peninsula ... sandy damp or marshy places in sunny, open areas. Fig. 4 . Erica empetrina with brown flowers at the end of its ...

02 / 01 / 2023 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica walkeria

Erica walkeria
Common names: Swellendam heath, quality heath, Walker’s heath (Eng.); swellendamsheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... to Boepeotso Thandolwethu Prince and Hlosi Olerato Amoena. Erica walkeria is an upright shrub that grows about 300 to ... the corolla tube, the pore half the length of the cell. Erica walkeria blooms in the spring, from August to October. ... corolla tube. The type variety is smaller in all respects. Erica walkeria may be confused with Erica fastigiata or ...

05 / 12 / 2022 | Kamogelo Solomon Modimola | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica sitiens

Erica sitiens, pink form in the Erica Living Collection, Kirstenbosch.
Common names: thirsty heath (Eng.) dors-heide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... November 2022 Acknowledgements: images by Alice Notten. Erica sitiens varies in growth form, it can be very low ... have horn-like appendages. Flowering is mainly in summer. Erica sitiens is a South African endemic and is found in the ... occurs, when conditions become favourable for them. Erica Erica sitiens grows well in soil with a pH ranging from ...

07 / 11 / 2022 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica alopecurus

Erica alopecurus. Photo Suvarna Parbhoo Mohan
Common names: foxtail heath (Eng.); katstertheide (Eng.); chalbeke-e-nyenyane, chesa-litelu, molomo-oa-lekolo-kotoane (Sesotho)
Family: Ericaceae

... the author thanks Suvarna Parbhoo Mohan for the images of Erica alopecurus in fresh flower, from her observation on iNaturalist, all other images by the author. Erica alopecurus is a low, rounded, clustered and erect ... turn brown after flowering. One variety is recognised: Erica alopecurus var. glabriflora , which has a hairless ...

19 / 09 / 2022 | Sibahle Gumede | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Erica inflata

Erica inflata
Common names: balloon heath, inflated erica (Eng.); ballonheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... NBG Kamogelo Solomon Modimola & Siqamo Yeko (Mr. & Mrs. Erica) Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden September 2022 ... Amoena, and thank Tony Rebelo for providing the images of Erica inflata in its natural habitat, Rickard Adcock and Andrew Stephen Morton for providing the images of Erica inflata with a moth and beetle respectively, and Felix ...

19 / 09 / 2022 | Kamogelo Solomon Modimola | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica scytophylla

Erica scytophylla, pink form. Photo Alice Notten
Common names: leather-leaf heath (Eng.); leerblaarheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... additional images by Alice Notten and SAplants. Erica scytophylla grows upright and reaches a height of up to ... soils in the region of Bredasdorp and Cape Infanta. Erica scytophylla is present also in a white form, with white ... such as at the right temperature and soil moisture level. Erica scytophylla is pollinated by insects, by moving from ...

29 / 08 / 2022 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica retorta

Erica retorta
Common names: hair-leaf bottle heath, bottle heath (Eng.), bottelheide, flessieheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... Harold Porter National Botanical Garden August 2022   Erica retorta is a slow-growing shrublet, 300–450 mm in ... dark pink. Flowering is in summer, from October to April. Erica retorta grows in well-drained, sandy, acidic soil. It ... killed by fire, but regenerates after a fire, from seed. Erica Erica retorta can be planted in sunny areas, in ...

01 / 08 / 2022 | Loretta Floors | Harold Porter NBG
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Erica vernicosa

Erica vernicosa
Common names: varnished heath (Eng.), vernisteheid (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... Festus Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden May 2022 Erica vernicosa is a low growing, spreading, evergreen ... they will germinate when conditions become favourable. Erica Erica vernicosa grows well in soil with a pH ranging from ...

30 / 05 / 2022 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica cruenta

Erica cruenta
Common names: crimson heath (Eng.), rooiheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... and Eliza Baster and Loretta Floors for images. Erica cruenta is an upright, laxly branched shrub that grows ... in winter. It also experiences frost in certain areas. Erica cruenta is listed as an important species occurring in ... layers of clays and fine granules of sedimentary rocks Erica cruenta flowers are pollinated by nectar-feeding birds. ...

13 / 12 / 2021 | Karen Wall | Harold Porter NBG
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Erica nabea

Erica nabea
Common names: sepal heath, MacNab’s heath (Eng.)
Family: Ericaceae

... Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden December 2021 Erica nabea is an evergreen, upright shrub that is sparsely ... pointed as well as grooved, which is characteristic of the Erica species. Tiny hairs are also noticeable on the leaf ... different presentation of the flowers than most species of Erica . The corolla is only 3 mm long, whereas the sepals are ...

06 / 12 / 2021 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica amoena

Erica amoena
Common names: feathery heath (Eng.)
Family: Ericaceae

... the authors thank Tony Rebelo for the image of Erica amoena growing beside a pond, in habitat and dedicate this article to to Lil Erica, also known as Hlosi Olerato Amoena.   Erica amoena is an upright, subglabrous, branched shrub which ...

29 / 11 / 2021 | Kamogelo Solomon Modimola | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica bolusiae var. cyathiformis

Erica bolusiae var. cyathiformis
Common names: Kraaifontein heath
Family: Ericaceae

... plant as part of the Global Conservation Consortium for Erica ; Cherise Viljoen and Mashudu Nndanduleni for their ... support; Alice Notten for providing the images of Erica bolusiae var. cyathiformis in flower; and finally Mrs. Erica (Siqamo Yeko) for her continuous support and help in ...

27 / 09 / 2021 | Kamogelo Solomon Modimola | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica lateralis

Erica lateralis
Common names: button heath (Eng.); knopiesheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... author thanks Alice Notten for providing the images.   Erica lateralis has an upright to spreading habit and grows ... the soil until the ideal conditions allow for germination. Erica Erica lateralis prefers a soil with good drainage with an ...

13 / 09 / 2021 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica ericoides

Erica ericoides
Common names: honey heath, erica heath (Eng.); heuningheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

... long, with 4 spreading lobes and show 4 exserted anthers. Erica ericoides is quite similar in appearance to Erica barbigeroides and Erica russakiana, to the untrained eye. Closer observation ...

05 / 07 / 2021 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica densifolia

Erica densifolia
Common names: sticky red-and-green heath (Eng.)
Family: Ericaceae

... which is exserted, the stamens are hidden in the flower. Erica densifolia is a South African endemic, confined to the ... plays a main role in carrying out the pollination process. Erica Ericas prefer a soil with a good drainage and with a pH ... beds as soon as they are ± 100 mm tall. The genus name Erica is derived from the Greek word ereiko , which means ...

12 / 04 / 2021 | Benjamin Festus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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