These Erica abietina flowers have long cylindrical corollas, shiny as well as longitudinally lined. There is slight surface stickiness and scattered signs of roughness, maybe hairiness. The corolla tips are shallowly lobed, the stamens variably exserted. Narrow, pointed and hairy sepals, coloured red as well, can just be discerned at the base of a couple of the flowers in picture.
The dense, thread-like leaves splay outwards and curve uniformly inwards near the stem tips. Some yellow leaf discolouring and reddish leaf tips are present on some older stem tips in the photo.
This Erica is in Afrikaans commonly known as rooiklossieheide (little red tassel heath). It was photographed on Table Mountain in November (Manning, 2007; Clarke and Mackenzie, 2007).
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