Spanish Heath

(ERICA LUSITANICA)

STATUS:     Environmental Weed
STEMS:     Brittle, woody, densely covered with simple hairs.
LEAVES:     Densely covered, narrow, arranged in rings around the stem.
FLOWERS:     White to pink flowers, clustered at the end of short side branches.
FRUIT:     A small capsule, about 3mm long.
SEED:     80-100 seeds per capsule.
INVADES:     Roadsides run down pasture and bushland.
DISPERSAL:     Wind, water and machinery
CONTROL:     Hand pulling, chemical spraying or cut and paint.