Species Erica bodkinii
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Etymology of Erica:
Gk. ereike = to break. The name used for a heath by Theophrastus (372–287 BCE) and Pliny the Elder. The stems are brittle and break easily (Lindsay); or possibly but less likely because of the ability of the plant to break up bladder stones (Paxton’s Botanical Dictionary).
Etymology of bodkinii:
Named in honour of Professor A. Bodkin (1847-1930) who collected plants with Dr Harry Bolus
Fl. Cap. (Harvey) 4: I. 265 (1905)