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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. DR Congo to SW. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Evergreen shrub or tree, 0.5– 12 m high, densely branched; branches densely leafy, purplish and glabrous to shortly grey-pilose when young, the hairs ± 0.1 mm long.
Leaves
Leaves in whorls of 3, spreading to porrect, fleshy, flat above, convex beneath, linear or narrowly ellipsoid, 1– 5 mm long, 0.5– 1.3 mm wide, glabrous or margins ciliolate with dendritic hairs to 0.2 mm long, apex acute or subobtuse, sulcate abaxially; petiole pale, 0.3– 1 mm long, with ciliolate margins.
Flowers
Flowers in fascicles or umbels of 2– 8 at branch ends, nodding (?always); pedicel mauve to pink, 1– 7 mm long, glabrous or puberulous with minute simple or larger dendritic hairs; bract in various positions, sometimes leaf-like and at base of pedicel; bracteoles often opposite near middle of pedicel, narrowly obovate, 1.2– 3 mm long, 0.4– 0.8 mm wide, concave, denticulate or ciliolate, sometimes reduced or missing.
Calyx
Sepals pink, free almost to base, 4, subequal, submembranaceous, ovate, narrowly ovate to elliptic, 1– 3 mm long, 0.8– 1.2 mm wide, keeled abaxially, margins with dendritic hairs or minutely ciliolate, apex acute or obtuse.
Corolla
Corolla purple, pink or white with a pink tinge, ovoid or slightly urceolate, 1.7– 5 mm long, 1.6– 3.6 mm in diameter, the mouth 0.7– 2 mm in diameter, shortly 4-lobed, the lobes ± erect, 0.6– 1.3 mm long, 0.8– 0.9 mm wide, rounded, glabrous.
Stamens
Stamens 7– 8, filaments 1– 3 mm long, anthers 0.9– 1.4 mm long with dorsal basal appendages, the tails 0.2– 0.4 mm long, the apex bifid.
Pistil
Ovary 1 mm long, 4-locular, puberulous at apex; style 1.3– 4.3 mm long, exserted; stigma capitate (not peltate), 0.3– 0.5 mm across.
Fruits
Fruit puberulous, ± globose, opening within the corolla and splitting it.

Native to:

Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Erica kingaensis Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Goetze, W. [920] K000313830
Jan 1, 1933 Scaetta [2433] Erica scaettae K000313840
Scaetta [2427] Erica scaettae K000313839

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 30: 370 (1901)

Accepted by

  • Geerinck, D. (2009). Révision du genre Erica L. (Ericaceae) en Afrique centrale Taxonomania 28: 6-16.
  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 193 (1949).
  • Alm & Fries in Arkiv Bot. 21a, 7: 15 (1927).
  • Engl. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 30: 370 (1901).

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