Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Glabrous shrub up to about 2 m tall. Leaves up to 9 mm long. Small pink bell-shaped flowers are held in bunches on the ends of stems. Corolla with 4 blunt ridges and depressions between them. Seed capsule to about 5 mm.
The ridges and depressions of the carolla allow it to be distinguished from other Erica species in New Zealand.
August, September, October, November, December
Many thousands of seeds produced. Dispersed by gravity and humans (Atkinson 1997).
S.W. Cape area, South Africa
Reason for introduction
Requires low to medium soil fertility (Atkinson 1997).
erica: From the Greek ereika ‘heath’ or ‘heather’