Erica lusitanica

Erica_lusitanica Forest and Kim Starr
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Common names: Spanish heath; Portuguese heath; urze

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 Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Assessment

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Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

  • None for this species

Other Erica lusitanica Information

  • CalFlora - Distribution information based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution information with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.