Heath (Erica verticillata)

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Illustration of Erica verticillata by Jennifer Johnston Davidson

Species: Erica verticillata
Common Name: Heath
Status: Extinct in the Wild, National Red List
of South African Plants
Range: South Africa

Map of South Africa illustrating the range of Erica verticillata

Artist: Jennifer Johnston Davidson
Artist Home Country: South Africa
Medium: Watercolor

Once thought extinct, a single plant was found growing in 1984 in Protea Park, Pretoria, South Africa. Later, seven others were found in botanical gardens around the world allowing the plant to be cultivated and reintroduced into the wild.

A specimen of Heath (Erica verticillata) from the museum's herbarium collection:

National Herbarium preserved specimen of Erica verticillata