Erica abietina
Erica abietina.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Erica
E. abietina
Binomial name
Erica abietina

Erica abietina is a species of erica that is endemic to the Cape Peninsula of the Western Cape, South Africa.[1]E. abietina includes four subspecies with often highly restricted distributions and distinctive flower colours. Previous delimitation of the species has included a further three subspecies[2] which proved to be more distantly related to Cape Peninsula endemic E. abietina subspecies and are now classified under Erica grandiflora L.f. (Erica abietina subsp. aurantiaca E.G.H.Oliv. & I.M.Oliv.; Erica abietina subsp. perfoliosa E.G.H.Oliv. & I.M.Oliv.) and Erica situshiemalis E.G.H.Oliv. & Pirie.[1]


This plant grows very easily and well in urban capetonian gardens and is increasingly popular as an ornamental plant.[5]


See also


  1. ^ a b Pirie, M. D.; Oliver, E. G. H.; Gehrke, B.; Heringer, L.; Mugrabi de Kuppler, A.; Le Maitre, N. C.; Bellstedt, D. U. (2017). "Underestimated regional species diversity in the Cape Floristic Region revealed by phylogenetic analysis of the Erica abietina/E. viscaria clade (Ericaceae)". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 184 (2): 185–203. doi:10.1093/botlinnean/box021. ISSN 0024-4074.
  2. ^ Oliver, E. G. H.; Oliver, I. M. (2002). "The genus Erica (Ericaceae) in southern Africa: taxonomic notes 1". Bothalia. 32 (1): 37–61. doi:10.4102/abc.v32i1.461. ISSN 2311-9284.
  3. ^ "Erica abietina L. subsp. abietina". SANBI. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Erica abietina L. subsp. atrorosea E.G.H.Oliv. & I.M.Oliv". SANBI. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Erica abietina subsp. constantiana E.G.H.Oliv. & I.M.Oliv". SANBI. Retrieved 12 June 2017.