A relatively common heath, widespread and native to South Africa, Erica cerinthoides is flowering in bursts of crimson on the reserve at the moment. It is also known as fire heath, red hairy heath or rooihaartjie. The flowers on Erica cerinthoides are fascinating as they are an unusually deep shade of red and are arranged in umbels of 7 to 10 flowers at branch tips. The tubular flowers are covered in red hairs which seem to have a swelling at the tip.
Photographs and text: Raquel de Castro Maia