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Was this planted or natural???
I presume that the locality in the pine plantation is approximate.
Was it single-stemmed or a resprouter. I am leaning to Erica porteri but way out of range.
It was at Helderberg nature reserve, from distant memory most of the stuff there is natural but there may have been some planted things.
Lower down, is a botanical garden and it could be anything.
Higher up, is natural, and Erica discolor is by far the most likely.
Any chance of revealing the locality?
Flowers not in whorls, and leaves not right.
E. discolor/versicolor/speciosa are probably a better fit.
have removed the 'hide precise location' so you have more of an idea where it was, as far as i recall it was not in the botanic garden part but at the start of the trail into the natural part.
A garden specimen: will re-evaluate ...
From the Erica key: key differences -
* discolor var. 'discolor' : corolla also Green; Non-Hairy Leaf; Non-Hairy Sepal; Style Non Exserted; Appendages present; Resprouter.
* discolor var. 'speciosa': Non-Hairy Leaf; Non-Hairy Sepal; Style Exserted or Non Exserted: Appendages present; Reseeder.
* discolor var. 'hebecalyx': Corolla also Green or Yellow; Style Exserted or Non Exserted; Appendages present; Resprouter. Corolla may be all green or reddish pink with yellowish green tips. The calyx is finely woolly.
* versicolor: Corolla also Green; Non-Hairy Leaf; Non-Hairy Sepal; Style Exserted; No Appendages; 4-nate Leaves; Reseeder.
From the Erica key: diagnostics -
* discolor var. 'discolor' : Leaves 3-nate, 2--4 mm long.; main stems with mostly every node producing lateral branches; flowers 3-nate on ends of leafy side branches; corolla with pale tips (white or yellow). Shrub a multi-stemmed resprouter; main branches rarely continuing long veg
* discolor var. 'speciosa': Anthers have straight awns. Flowers at various times of year. Shrubs single-stemmed reseeders. Main branches usually growing on beyond the flowering zone, i.e. with short to long green leafy growth above the flowers
* discolor var. 'hebecalyx': Corolla may be all green or reddish pink with yellowish green tips. The calyx is finely woolly.
* versicolor: Spoon-like base to stamen filaments. Leaves mostly 4-nate. Very variable in the colour of the corolla.
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