Species Erica embothriifolia
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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 embothriifolia:
The namer refers to a likeness of the leaf to the genus Embothrium, a genus that occurs in South America and Australia
Erica embothriifolia Salisb.
Etymology applies to:
Sparse erect to semi-spreading shrublet to 45 cm. Flowers large, tubular, very narrow to broader and laterally flattened, bright pink, pedicels very sticky, with exserted anthers. Dec.--Apr. Open slopes or ledges at middle to high alt., SW (Riviersonderend Mts).