Ericas

The Ericas number some 650 species within the borders of South Africa. Of these approximately 420 occur in the Southwestern Cape. Plants are quite diverse, ranging in size from large to relatively small, tree or shrublike or sprawling.

Erica bauera
Erica bauera
Erica coccinea
Erica coccinea
Erica peranthoides
Erica peranthoides
Erica versicolor
Erica versicolor

The Helderberg Nature Reserve has a wide variety of Ericas, and the species which are flowering now are displayed at the kiosk outside the restaurant.

Orange Breasted Sunbird
Orange Breasted Sunbird

The orange breasted sunbird is the main pollinator of tube shaped Ericas, and the shape of the flowers is the same as the shape of their beaks. The bright colours attract the pollinators.

The smaller ericas ( usually bell shaped), are pollinated by the wind or by insects.