Gaultheria myrsinoides

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Gaultheria myrsinoides Kunth

Ericaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: half shade   9

Moisture: moist

Soil: peat

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: elliptic

Division: simple

Shape: pitcher-shaped
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Ericanae
Ordo:
Ericales

Gaultheria myrsinoides is a shrub.

Naming

Gaultheria myrsinoides was described by Karl Sigismund Kunth in 1819. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Gaultheria myrsinoides is a species in the genus Gaultheria which contains approximately 169 to 189 species and belongs to the family of the Ericaceae (Heath Family).

Characteristics

Gaultheria myrsinoides - flowers
Gaultheria myrsinoides - fruits

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 10 to 20 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Gaultheria myrsinoides is evergreen. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are elliptic, crenate and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Gaultheria myrsinoides produces solitary white pitcher-shaped flowers from May to June.

The shrubs carry ornamental purple loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Gaultheria myrsinoides is native to Central America and South America.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be peaty soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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