6237.000 Erica L.



Ross, R. (1983) Ericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1)

Description of the genus

Trees, shrubs, or sub–shrubs, usually much branched with flexuously ascending sterns. Branchlets slender. Leaves normally in whorls of 3–4(6), or occasionally spirally inserted, very small, the margins usually revolute and meeting in the centre line on the under side of the leaf. Inflorescence normally consisting of capitate clusters of up to 20 flowers on the tips of the branchlets, but sometimes spicate with the flowers in the axils of leaves on branches whose vegetative growth may continue after flowering. Pedicels short and 1–flowered, normally bearing 1 bract and 2 opposite bracteoles. Calyx and corolla actinomorphic and hypogynous. Calyx segments 4, free or fused to a greater or lesser extent. Corolla globular to tubular, 4–lobed, the lobes usually appreciably shorter than the tube. Ovary 4 (8) loculate, placentation axile. Fruit a cartilaginous loculicidal capsule contained within the persistent calyx and corolla. Seeds several per loculus.

Worldwide: c. 735 species, most in the SW Cape; also in tropical Africa, Madagascar, Macaronesia and Europe

Zambia: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
benguelensis (Welw. ex Engl.) E.G.H. Oliv. var. benguelensis N,W,C,ENw,N,Mc,CDescription, Image
benguelensis (Welw. ex Engl.) E.G.H. Oliv. var. albescens (R. Ross) E.G.H. Oliv.WNwDescription
hexandra (S. Moore) E.G.H. Oliv.WDescription, Image
mannii (Hook. f.) Beentje subsp. pallidiflora (Engl.) E.G.H. Oliv.NMc
silvatica (Engl.) BeentjeNImage

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Erica
Flora of Malawi: Erica
Flora of Mozambique: Erica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Erica
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Erica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Erica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Erica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Erica
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iNaturalist: Erica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Erica
JSTOR Plant Science: Erica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Erica
Plants of the World Online: Erica
Tropicos: Erica
Wikipedia: Erica

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Erica.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1056, retrieved 24 July 2024

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