Erica PhysodesSticky-Flowered Heath
- Class and Order
- Octandria Monogynia
- Generic Character
- Cal. 4-phyllus. Cor. 4-fida. Filamenta receptaculo inserta. Antheræ apice bifidæ pertusæ. Caps. 4-locularis, 4-valvis, polysperma.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- ERICA physodes antheris cristatis, corollis ovatis inflatis, stylo incluso, foliis quaternis, floribus subsolitariis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. Murr. p. 366. Berg. Cup. 108
- ERICA physodes cristata, foliis quaternis linearibus, floribus umbellatis viscosis, calyce ovato brevi. Thunb. Prodr. p. 74.
The Erica physodes is a native of the Cape, and another of those species which have been introduced since the publication of the Hort. Kew. of Mr. Aiton.
It is principally distinguished by the form, and delicate whiteness of its blossoms, which are so extremely viscid as to retain flies and other insects which settle on them.
Is scarcely to be increased by cuttings, more readily by seeds, which sometimes ripen here.