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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Tropical Africa.

[FZ]

Ericaceae, R. Ross. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

Habit
Erect or trailing, sparingly branched sub–shrub 10–90 cm. tall.
Branches
Branchlets rather stout for the genus, 1·2–1·5 mm. diameter, occasionally more slender to 0·6 mm. diameter, glabrous, with strongly developed infra–foliar ridges.
Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged in 8 ranks or sub–verticillate in whorls of 4, occasionally 3 in the slenderest specimens, patent to appressed, very narrowly ovate, apices acute and shortly aristate, normally sulcate below but occasionally margins revolute and not meeting in the mid line at the back of the leaf, (3·5) 6·0–12·0 mm. long, (0·6) 0·8–1·5 (2·0) mm. broad, glabrous, usually with glandular teeth on the apparent margin more distant or absent towards the base; petioles glabrous, c. 1·5 mm. long.
Flowers
Flowers in the axils of the leaves on the upper 2–10 cm. of the stems.
Pedicel
Pedicels 2·5–15 mm. long, glabrous.
Bracts
Bract leaf–like, 2·5–5 mm. long, insertedd on the basal part of the pedicel, but sometimes absent.
Bracteoles
Bracteoles narrow, linear, acute, 0·7–2·5 mm. long, with very shortly stalked glands along the margin.
Calyx
Calyx segments free almost to the base, deep magenta to pink, broadly ovate, acute, 1·5–3·0 mm. long, usually (in specimens from the F.Z. area) reflexed, with minute glandular teeth along the margin.
Corolla
Corolla urceolate, deep magenta to pink to white, glabrous, 3·5–5·5 mm. long, 2·5–3·7 mm. broad, lobes obtusely pointed to rounded, sinuses acute, c. 0·8 mm. deep.
Stamens
Stamens 8, included, filaments c. 2 mm. long, anthers c. 0·8 mm. long, with aristate appendages c. 0·6 mm. long.
Pistil
Ovary globose, glabrous, c. 1 mm. in diameter; style stout, glabrous, 2·0–3·0 mm. long, about equalling the corolla, scarcely widened at the stigma.

[FTEA]

Ericaceae, Henk Beentje. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2006

Habit
Subshrub 10– 45(– 90 ) cm high, erect or trailing, sparsely branched; root thick and woody; branchlets red to brown, glabrous, with ridges below the leaves.
Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged or subverticillate in whorls of (3– )4, patent to appressed, green, often flushed with red, subulate, (3.5– )5– 12 mm long, (0.6– )0.8– 1.5(– 2) mm wide, acute and shortly aristate, glabrous, usually with glandular teeth on the margin; petiole ± 1.5 mm long.
Flowers
Flowers solitary in leaf axils forming a short leafy spike on the distal 2– 10 cm of branches; pedicel reddish, 2.5– 15 mm long, glabrous; bract leaf-like, 2.5– 5 mm long, in the basal part of the pedicel, sometimes at base of pedicel; bracteoles around the middle of the pedicel, linear, 0.7– 2.5 mm long.
Calyx
Calyx segments 4, almost free, reddish white or pink, broadly ovate, 1.5– 3 mm long, acute or acuminate, often reflexed (not in our area), with minute glandular teeth along the margin.
Corolla
Corolla urceolate, pink, often whitish at base, to pinky mauve, sometimes the tips darker, 4– 6 mm long, 2.5– 4 mm in diameter, the mouth about half that diameter, glabrous, lobes 4, obtuse to rounded, 0.8– 1 mm long.
Stamens
Stamens 8, included, anthers with two aristate basal appendages.
Pistil
Ovary globose, 1 mm, glabrous; style 2– 3 mm long, glabrous.
Fruits
Fruit reddish, globose, ± 2 mm, hidden within the persistent flower.
Figures
Fig. 3.
Habitat
Moorland, usually in swamps or next to streams and often growing in grass tussocks, occasionally in bamboo zone or upper forest zone; (1900– )2550– 3650 m (?3900 m)
Distribution
K2 K3 K4 T7

Native to:

Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Erica whyteana Britten appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2002 Jex-Blake [s.n.], Kenya K000313831
Apr 20, 1979 Swynnerton, C.F.M. [1063], Zimbabwe K000313816 syntype
Swynnerton, C.F.M. [1064], Zimbabwe Erica swynnertonii K000313817 syntype

First published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 4: 24 (1894)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1983). Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 170, t. 65 (1994).
  • R. Ross in Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 167, frontispiece (1983).
  • R. Ross in Bol. Soc. Brot. sér. 2, 53: 140 (1981)
  • Britten in Trans. Linn. Soc., Bot. 4: 24, t. 5/7– 12 (1894).

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