Erica arborea L.

Tree Heath

Sp. Pl. 353 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Vegetatively resembling E. lusitanica, but stems covered by erect, shortly branched hairs, and leaves slightly coarser (c. 0.7 mm wide), readily deciduous in dried specimens. Flowers arranged as in E. lusitanica; bracteoles 3, c. 1 mm long, appearing ± whorled; sepals c. 1.5 mm long; corolla campanulate to almost ovoid, 2.5–3 mm long, white, lobes rounded, c. 1 mm long, erect; stamens included in corolla; style exserted from corolla after anthesis; locules of anthers fused, c. 1 mm long, each with a fringed basal appendage c. 0.5 mm long. Capsule broadly ovoid, c. 2 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Sep.

*GipP, *HSF. Also naturalised SA. Native to the Mediterranean area and south-western Europe. Known in Victoria from a few collections from the Hurstbridge and Oakleigh areas, but possibly overlooked due to its similarity to the commoner E. lusitanica.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Ericaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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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 arborea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Erica arborea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory