Erica benguelensis (Welw. ex Engl.) E.G.H. Oliv.
var. albescens (R. Ross) E.G.H. Oliv.

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Status: Native
See var. benguelensis for general details. This variety is distinguisged by the more dense, white appressed hairs on both surfaces of the leaves; the lack of glands on stems and leaves and the white corollas.
Derivation of specific name: benguelensis: of the Benguella region of Angola;
albescens: becoming white, either referring to the whitish pubescens on the leaves or the white flowers in this variety.
Habitat: Often among rocks and by streams.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2200 m
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Worldwide distribution: South-western Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 141.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 726.

Ross, R. (1957). Notes on Philippia Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de L'Etat Bruxelles 27(4) Pages 752 - 754. Protologue as Philippia benguelensis var. albescens

Ross, R. (1983). Ericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 179 - 180. As Philippia benguelensis albescens

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Flora of Mozambique: Erica benguelensis var. albescens
Flora of Zambia: Erica benguelensis var. albescens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Erica benguelensis
African Plant Database: Erica benguelensis
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JSTOR Plant Science: Erica benguelensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Erica benguelensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Erica benguelensis
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Wikipedia: Erica benguelensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Erica benguelensis var. albescens., retrieved 22 March 2023

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