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Cross-leaved Heath, Erica tetralix Family: Ericaceae
Erica tetralix     *     Cross-leaved Heath

Flowering time: June-August. Evergreen shrub

Habitat: Acidic heaths, moorland and bogs.

Twiggy, +/- erect branches with whorls of four narrow grey-green evergreen leaves, the margins rolled back. Terminal heads of drooping pink flowers with downy ovaries and woolly hairs on the lower side of the sepals.

Similar: Dorset Heath, Erica ciliaris

Foodplant for caterpillars of the Horse Chestnut moth


Cross-leaved Heath, Erica tetralix


Cross-leaved Heath, Erica tetralix


Cross-leaved Heath, Erica tetralix

Cross-leaved Heath, Erica tetralix
Studland and Holton Heath, Dorset. June 2006 and October 2012

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