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Six new species and one new subspecies of <i>Erica</i> (Ericaceae) from Western Cape, South Africa

By E. G. H. Oliver and I. M. Oliver


<p>Two new species and one new subspecies belonging in §<em>Ceramia</em> of the genus <em>Erica</em> L. are described from the western half of the province—E. <strong>cavartica</strong> known from a single collection growing in a cave in the Cederberg. <em>E. </em><strong>amalophylla</strong> con­fined to a shaded rocky overhang and known only from a single collection in the Porterville Mountains and <em> E. cymosa</em> subsp. <strong>grandiflora</strong> occurring in the mountains between Ceres and Worcester. Four new species are described from mountains in the Little Karoo area—<em>E</em>. <strong>schelpeorum</strong> occurring widespread mostly in dry watercourses in arid vegetation at low altitudes, <em> E. </em><strong>lithophila</strong> found only in dry rock crevices at high altitude in the eastern Swartberg and Kammanassie Mountains,<em> E.</em> <strong>umbratica</strong> confined to shaded rocky habitats and known only from a few. very localized small populations at low altitude in Meiringspoort, and  <em>E.</em> <strong>annalis</strong> restricted to the arid habitats on lower northern slopes of Kammanassie Mountains. Each is provided with a detailed drawing and a distribution map.</p

Topics: <i>Erica</i> L.. new species. South Africa, taxonomy. Western Cape, General. Including nature conservation, geographical distribution, QH1-199.5
Publisher: AOSIS
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.4102/abc.v32i2.480
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