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DORSET HEATH Erica ciliaris (Ericaceae) Height to 50cm<br />
Clump-forming, evergreen undershrub that favours damp, acid soils on heathlands.<br />
FLOWERS are 8-10cm long, elongate egg-shaped and pinkish purple with projecting styles; the flowers opening in succession from the bottom and so the spikes taper towards the top (Jul-Sep). FRUITS are hairless capsules. LEAVES are narrow with bristly margins; borne in whorls of 3. STATUS-Local, restricted to SW England and W Ireland; locally common on Dorset heaths. Note – this species hybridises with Cross-leaved Heath, the result having ciliaris-like flowers and tetralix-like leaves.
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DORSET HEATH Erica ciliaris (Ericaceae) Height to 50cm
Clump-forming, evergreen undershrub that favours damp, acid soils on heathlands.
FLOWERS are 8-10cm long, elongate egg-shaped and pinkish purple with projecting styles; the flowers opening in succession from the bottom and so the spikes taper towards the top (Jul-Sep). FRUITS are hairless capsules. LEAVES are narrow with bristly margins; borne in whorls of 3. STATUS-Local, restricted to SW England and W Ireland; locally common on Dorset heaths. Note – this species hybridises with Cross-leaved Heath, the result having ciliaris-like flowers and tetralix-like leaves.

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Date: 1 Jul 2013
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/NPL
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