Biltia vaseyi

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Biltia vaseyi A.Gray

Ericaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   5

Moisture: moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: elliptic

Division: simple

Shape: campanulate
Fruit: septicidal capsule

63D / e981ab 

Inflorescence: umbel

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Biltia vaseyi is a shrub.

Naming

Biltia vaseyi was already described and the name validly published by Asa Gray. It was John Kunkel Small, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics .

Taxonomy

Biltia vaseyi is the only species in the genus Biltia which belongs to the family of the Ericaceae (Heath Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs are comparatively fast-growing and reach heights of 2,5 to 5,5 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Biltia vaseyi is deciduous. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are elliptic, entire and petiolate. The leaves are around 5 to 20 centimetres large.

Flowers and Fruits

Biltia vaseyi produces umbels of pink campanulate flowers from April to May. The plants flower on last years shoots.

The shrubs produce septicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Biltia vaseyi is native to North Carolina.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. The substrate should have a pH between 4 and 6. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • forests with low species diversity

Uses

Suited for moorland gardens and for rockeries, as well as suited as cemetery plant, specimen plant and as bee pasture.

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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