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Species Information

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Erica cerinthoides L. var. barbertona (Galpin) Bolus
(name current 2016)
(Erica barbertona)


Growth form: Shrub
Near Endemic
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: occasional
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Local abundance: rare
Schedule C

Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc Distribution: Malolotja, Waverley Mine, Mhlangamphepha Valley, Piggs Peak Two records in Malolotja by Compton and Braun.

Regional distribution:
Swaziland and Transvaal

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Erica barbertona - Slender, usually unbranched stems seldom reaching 30 cm high, rising from a hard woody base. Leaves in rings of four (sometimes five), C 3 mm long, wit few short bristles. Flowers in small terminal or lateral clusters near top of stem. Calyx c 3 mm long, shortly bristly with some gland-tipped hairs. Corolla broadly tubular, pink or orange-red, up to 1,5 cm long, lobes spreading, more or less hairy. Anthers without appendages.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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Baker, H.A., E.G.H. Oliver. (1967). Ericas in Southern Africa. Purnell, Cape Town.

Schumann, D, G. Kirsten, E.G.H. Oliver. (1992). Ericas of South Africa. Fernwood Press, Cape Town.