Erica baccans L.

Berry-flower Heath

Mant. Pl. 2: 233 (1767) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect or rounded shrub to c. 3 m high, stems glabrous. Leaves in whorls of 4, dense and closely overlapping on younger growth, linear, 5–8 mm long, c. 0.7 mm wide, margins acute, entire or denticulate. Flowers solitary in axils of upper leaves, forming terminal clusters of 2–4; bracteoles 3, 3–4 mm long, flesh-pink; sepals 4–5 mm long, strongly keeled and embracing corolla; corolla globose, exceeding sepals by c. 1.5 mm, magenta-pink, lobes rounded, c. 1 mm long, slightly spreading; stamens included in corolla; locules of anthers ± free, c. 1 mm long, each with a wing-like basal appendage as long as the locule. Capsule depressed-globose, c. 4 mm diam. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

*EGL, *GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *VVP. Also SA. Native to South Africa, commonly cultivated. Known from a few scattered, but locally dense and invasive populations in bushland (e.g. Cobden, Cranbourne, Mornington, The Gurdies, Orbost areas). .

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 baccans in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Erica baccans in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales