Erica kingaensis Engl.

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


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

Morphology General 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.
Morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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 Has image?
Goetze, W. [920] K000313830 Yes
Jan 1, 1933 Scaetta [2433] Erica scaettae K000313840 Yes
Scaetta [2427] Erica scaettae K000313839 Yes

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.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Alm & Fries in Arkiv Bot. 21a, 7: 15 (1927).
  • Engl. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 30: 370 (1901).
  • 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).

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

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