Description: This is the other in a set of two, one of which might be Erica mollis. See here: http://www.ispot.org.za/node/291033 This is the light pink one at the back.
This one also has an enlarged anther, leading me to think it is Erica mollis, but the leaves on this one are lax wherereas on the dark pink one, they are tight.
I have attached a "ruler pic of the dark pink one for comparison (pic 4).
In a (dryish) seep.
Description: I thought the plant at the back was different to the one in the front, but now I am not so sure. The leaves of the dark pink one are more tightly bunched, while the light pink one has laxer leaves and the flowers extend to the top.
Picture 4 is the inside bits of the of the dark pink one.
I have attached a "ruler" pic of the light pink one for comparison. and will add as a separate observation here http://www.ispot.org.za/node/291039
Enlarged anther leads me to think it is Erica mollis.
Description: Interesting colour variations.
Last week I went up Kasteelpoort and then down the Diagonal Path. I didn't see any Ericas lutea on the Kasteelpoort track at all, and there were lots on the Diagonal Path. Similarly, Ericas calcyna seem to favour Kasteelpoortover the Diagonal Path. So the same buttress has different plants growing on either side of it.
Description: Bush, generally about 800mm tall but some bushes up to 3m (fynbos has not burnt for 16 years)
Fine ericoid leaves, approx 2,5mm in length. White flowers with protruding brown stamens(in clusters of 3) at tips (not axillary)
Description: Sticky. plant. The flowers are minute and were quite hard to photograph. According to Olivers Ericas of the Cape Peninsula, the diagnostics are that the whole plant is sticky to the touch, minute flowers, 1mm long, leaves with a large terminal gland. He goes on to say:
Flowers in threes, corolla white, papery, anthers 4 soon dropping off, stigma large, funnel shaped at mouth of corolla and soon discarded.
The first pic is of the flowers with the stigma and I added a fifth pic showing the anthers.
Description: Only seen growing on rocks. Sprawling. White flowers about 5 mm long with only the style exerted. 8 filaments attached to base of ovary. No appendages to anthers. Ovary 4 chambered and with long crinkly hair. Leaves about 2 mm with spiky hairs in rows. The hairs look split at the tips. Stems also covered in hair - short soft hair as well as thicker branched hair.
Description: Growing in tandem - for every pink one there was a white one alongside it. Growing literally on the edge of the ridge within rocks. The description of the hairs on the corolla is 'shaggy' and I was delighted to find these plants!