Erica discolor Andrews

Col. Heaths 1: 20 (1794) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect shrub to c. 1.5 m high, young stems tomentose, with short simple hairs. Leaves in whorls of 3, linear, (3–)6–10 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, margins acute or rounded. Flowers solitary in axils of upper leaves, forming subterminal or terminal 2- or 3-flowered clusters; bracteoles 3, approximate, subtending sepals, c. 6 mm long; sepals 7–8 mm long, strongly keeled; corolla tubular or trumpet-shaped, slightly decurved, 25–30 mm long, somewhat viscid, red with greenish or yellow tips, lobes obtuse, 1.5–2.0 mm long, ± erect; stamens slightly exserted or included in corolla; locules of anthers ± free, c. 3 mm long, each with a basal awn-like appendage c. 1 mm long. Fruit not seen. Flowers Jun.–Aug. (2 records).

*GGr. Native to South Africa, currently only known in Victoria from an infestation in a wildflower plantation (ie. Protea, Leucadendron, and Erica plants grown for cut flower trade) near the Grampians National Park. .

This species is part of a poorly defined species complex that includes Erica discolor, E. speciosa Andrews and E. hebecalyx Benth. This complex requires further revision, and may contain up 5 taxa (E.G.H. Oliver pers. comm.).   

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-18
Distribution map
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 discolor in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Erica discolor in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Greater Grampians present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia