Erica cruenta Sol.

Hortus Kew. 2: 16 (1789) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect shrub to c. 1 m high, young stems tomentose, with short simple hairs. Leaves in whorls of 3, linear, (3–)5–10 mm long, 0.7–1.0 mm wide, margins acute, sparsely ciliate. Flowers solitary in axils of upper leaves, forming subterminal or terminal 3-flowered clusters; bracteoles 2 or 3, c. 1 mm long, when present, the third bracteole inserted below the upper pair; sepals 3.5–4.0 mm long, strongly keeled, embracing the corolla, ciliolate; corolla tubular, slightly decurved, c. 25 mm long, dark red, lobes obtuse, often with a short mucro, sometimes emarginate, 2–3 mm long, spreading to recurved; stamens fully exserted at anthesis; locules of anthers ± free, c. 2.5 mm long, each with a dorsal awn-like appendange c. 1 mm long. Fruit not seen. Flowers Aug.–Sep. (1 record).

*HSF. Native to South Africa, known in Victoria from a single naturalised population near Beaconsfield Upper, where plants have apparently spread from an old garden.    .

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Ericaceae
genus Erica
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Erica cruenta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Erica cruenta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

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South Australia