Erica ventricosa Thunb.
  • Erica


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Diagnostic Description

E. ventricosa forms a complex with two species in this section, E. savilea Andr. and E. praecox Kl. both of which occur in the same area. The latter species can probably be regarded as a variety of E. ventricosa. Only a thorough investigation of all the available material and of populations in the wild will provide a satisfactory solution to the problem.

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    Morphology

    Erect shrub up to 90 cm (3 ft). Branches stout and rigid, the youngest puberulous, glabrescent. Leaves 4-nate, 12-16 mm long, linear-subulate, acuminate, mucronate, suleate, spreading to widely-spreading and incurved, crowded, glabrous, ciliate with long, soft hairs. Flowers in dense, many-flowered umbels; peduncles 4-8 mm long, pubescent; bracts small, remote, linear, cileate. Sepals 6 mm long, linear-lanceolate from an ovate, scarious base, acuminate, with a suleate, foliaceous keel, glabrous, ciliate. Corolla 12-16 mm long, ovoid-urceolate, attenuate upwards and constricted at the throat, glabrous, dry, shiny, hard in texture, white, rosy or red; lobes 3 mm long, stellately spreading, acute, sometimes mealy. Anthers included, 0.7 mm long, lateral, cuneate-oblong, appendiculate; pore about 1/2 the length of the cell; crests small, not reaching to the base of the cell. Ovary turbinate, stipitate, glabrous; style included; stigma subsimple.

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    Erect shrublet to 0.5(-1.0) m. Flowers large, ovoid to urn-shaped, pale pink, with spreading lobes.

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    Habitat

    In rock crevices on mountains.

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    Upper slopes.

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    Distribution

    Cape Province.

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    Franschhoek to Hottentots Holland Mtns.

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      Bibliography

    • 1 Baker, HA; Oliver, EGH. (eds). 1967. Ericas in southern Africa. Purnell, Cape Town.
    • 2 Erica
    • 3 Oliver, EGH. 2012. Ericaceae. 482 - 511. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

     Information From

    e-Flora of South Africa
    e-Flora of South Africa. v1.21. 2018. South African National Biodiversity Institute. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=flora_descriptions&v=1.21
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