Erica benguelensis (Welw. ex Engl.) E.G.H. Oliv.
var. benguelensis

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Erica benguelensis var. benguelensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeze road, Nyika National Park

Erica benguelensis var. benguelensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeze road, Nyika National Park

Erica benguelensis var. benguelensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeze road, Nyika National Park

Erica benguelensis var. benguelensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeze road, Nyika National Park

Erica benguelensis var. benguelensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeze road, Nyika National Park

Erica benguelensis var. benguelensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeze road, Nyika National Park

Erica benguelensis var. benguelensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along main road between Lake Kaulime turn-off and Kaperepeze road, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Philippia benguelensis (Welw. ex Oliv.) Britten
Philippia congoensis S. Moore
Philippia holstii Engl.
Philippia kundelungensis S. Moore
Philippia milanjiensis Britten & Rendle
Philippia stuhlmannii Engl.
Salaxis benguelensis Welw. ex Engl.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
A shrub or tree up to 6 m tall. Branchlets densely pubescencent and usually with sparser longer glandular hairs. Leaves in whorls of 4, narrowly ovate, mostly up to 5 mm long, pubescent above; margin reflexed; petioles 0·5–0·7 mm long, pubescent. Flowers in terminal clusters of 4–12. Pedicels 1–2 mm long, pubescent. Calyx bowl–shaped, shortly pubescent; margin glandular or fimbriate; 3 lobes broadly triangular, about equalling the sinuses of the corolla, fused for 2/3 of their length; 4th lobe somewhat longer, almost equalling to slightly exceeding the corolla. Corolla bowl–shaped, pubescent outside, 1·1–1·8 mm long and 1·5–2·5 mm wide, pale green, often tinged reddish. Stamens usually 8 but from 5 to 9 in some flowers, slightly exceeding the corolla; style short, 0·1–0·3 mm, exceeded by the stamens until the capsule begins to ripen.
Type location:
Angola
Notes: See var. albescens for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: benguelensis: after the Benguella region of Angola
Habitat: In clearings and on edges of Brachystegia woodland and forest, in secondary scrub and bush clumps in montane grassland, sometimes forming dense stands.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, eastern DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc,C
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Content last updated: Saturday 4 May 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 141.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 726. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 861. As Erica benguelensis

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 54.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 265. As Philippia benguelensis

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 40. As Erica benguelensis

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 47.

Ross, R. (1983). Ericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 179 - 180. As Philippia benguelensis benguelensis

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 82.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 233 - 234. As Erica benguelensis (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Erica benguelensis var. benguelensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143400, retrieved 26 May 2019

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