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Erica lusitanica

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Family: EricaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, shrub, tree. Stem: bark often peeling distinctively. Leaf: simple or 0, generally cauline, alternate, opposite (whorled), evergreen or deciduous, often leathery, petioled or not; stipules 0. Inflorescence: raceme, panicle, cyme, or flowers 1, terminal or axillary, generally bracted; pedicel often with 2 bractlets. Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial, bell-shaped, cylindric, or urn-shaped; sepals generally (0)4--5, generally free; petals generally (0)4--5, free or fused; stamens (2--5)8--10, free, filaments rarely appendaged, anthers dehiscing by pores or slits, awns 0 or 2(4), seemingly abaxial, reduced or elongate, generally curved; nectary generally present at ovary base, generally disk-like; ovary superior or inferior, chambers generally 1--5, placentas axile or parietal, ovules 1--many per chamber, style 1, stigma head- to funnel-like or lobed. Fruit: capsule, drupe, berry. Seed: generally many, winged or not.
Genera In Family: +- 100 genera, 3000 species: generally worldwide except deserts; some cultivated, especially Arbutus, Arctostaphylos, Rhododendron, Vaccinium. Note: Monophyletic only if Empetraceae included, as treated here. Ledum included in Rhododendron. Non-green plants obtain nutrition from green plants through fungal intermediates.
eFlora Treatment Author: Gary D. Wallace, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Gary D. Wallace, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: EricaView Description 

Common Name: HEATH
Habit: Shrub, glabrous to hairy. Stem: generally erect. Leaf: alternate, opposite, or generally whorled, evergreen, leathery; margin entire or minutely dentate, generally rolled under, hiding abaxial surface. Inflorescence: generally raceme, panicle, or umbel, generally bracted; pedicel not jointed to flower, bractlets generally 3. Flower: sepals generally 4, generally free; corolla spheric to tubular, petals generally 4, fused, generally persistent in fruit; stamens generally 8, anthers generally 2-lobed, dehiscing generally by pores or separate slits, generally awned; nectary generally disk-like; ovary superior, chambers 4(8). Fruit: capsule, loculicidal, dehiscing tip to base. Seed: generally several per chamber.
Species In Genus: +- 630 species: southern and eastern Africa, Europe. Etymology: (Latin: heath)

Erica lusitanica Rudolphi
Stem: < 2 m, branchlets short, hairs dense. Leaf: < 1 cm, generally < 1 mm wide, needle-like, bright green. Inflorescence: flowers 1 in leaf axils. Flower: sepals fused in basal 1/3, petal-like; petals white to +- pink. Fruit: > 4 mm.
Ecology: Disturbed, open, sandy areas; Elevation: < 50 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo (Humboldt Co.), expected CCo; Distribution Outside California: native to southwestern Europe. Flowering Time: Mar--Jul
eFlora Treatment Author: Gary D. Wallace
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Citation for this treatment: Gary D. Wallace 2016. Erica lusitanica, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 28, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 28, 2016.

Geographic subdivisions for Erica lusitanica:
NCo (Humboldt Co.), expected CCo;
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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