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ereike, = ereice, = this name was used for heaths by Theophrastus** (372-287 B.C.) and Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79); derived from ericein (Greek), pound – (referring to the supposed property of some species to break gall stones). ‘ereike’, = to break, because an infusion of certain heath plants was supposed to break up kidney stones. Name is assigned to Carl Linnaeus, who derived the modern system of naming plants known as binomial nomenclature. In his work ‘Species Plantarum’, published in 1753 he described 23 Erica species, of which 12 were from the Cape of Good Hope.
The 2634 species, 644 genera and 178 families of plants have been compiled from the lists of the plants:
- of the Hermanus Botanical Society compiled by Lee Burman, for the plants in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and the Vogelgat Private Nature Reserve, Hermanus. Location: (F).
- of Mark Johns, Director of the Kogelberg Reserve, and of COASTEC, environmental consultants, for the plants in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, Betty’s Bay, in the WesternCape Province, South Africa. Location: (K).
- of Christopher Whitehouse, for the plants in the Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, Stanford, in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. Location: (P).
Suggestions for improvements to the lists and comments would be welcomed.