Phylica ericoides L.

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Common names: Ericoid hard-leaf (English) Heath hard-leaf (English)
Status: Native
Small, much-branched shrub up to 1 m high; branchlets grey-velvety. Leaves spirally arranged, very narrowly ovate-elliptic, 8 × 3 mm, erect-spreading; margin strongly rolled under, almost covering the undersurface. Flowers small, in dense corymbose heads, white. Fruit an obovoid capsule, 4 mm long, hairless, crowned with the base of the calyx, dehiscent.
Derivation of specific name: ericoides: like a species of Erica (Ericaceae), referring to the almost scale-like leaves in this species
Habitat: Occurring among rocks in the Chimanimani Mts
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Worldwide distribution: South Africa and the Chimanimani Mts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
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Drummond, R.B. (1966). Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 432 - 434. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 69.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 98.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Phylica ericoides

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Phylica ericoides
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Phylica ericoides., retrieved 24 July 2024

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