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Erica lusitanica (Spanish heath)

Erica lusitanica
Photo courtesy Forest & Kim Starr CC-BY-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Erica lusitanica (Spanish heath) is a shrub or sub-shrub (family Ericaceae) that is native to southwest Europe. Erica lusitanica can be found in disturbed, open sandy areas. It has invaded Humboldt County where it forms large monocultures along the coast. E. lusitanica flowers from winter to spring. It has shown quick recovery from fire.

Cal-IPC Inventory rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Resources on Erica lusitanica

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • Brusati, E. (2011). Cal-IPC Inventory update adds eight plants. Cal-IPC News. 19: 18.

Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings

  • None for this species


Other Resources on Erica lusitanica

  • USDA PLANTS database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium.
  • CalFlora - Distribution information by county based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.