Gaultheria hispida R. Br.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Gaultheria hispida' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/gaultheria/gaultheria-hispida/). Accessed 2020-06-04.

Genus

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
axillary
Situated in an axil.
berry
Fleshy indehiscent fruit with seed(s) immersed in pulp.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
midrib
midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.
mucro
Short straight point. mucronate Bearing a mucro.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
panicle
A much-branched inflorescence. paniculate Having the form of a panicle.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Gaultheria hispida' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/gaultheria/gaultheria-hispida/). Accessed 2020-06-04.

An evergreen shrub 2 to 3 ft, occasionally 6 to 7 ft high; young shoots furnished with spreading reddish bristles, sometimes downy also. Leaves leathery, oblong or narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, very shortly stalked, minutely toothed, tapered at both ends, the apex with a short mucro, 1 to 214 in. long, 14 to 34 in. wide, dull dark green and eventually glabrous above, downy or bristly on the midrib beneath. Inflorescenses terminal on young shoots and short axillary branchlets, forming in effect a panicle; they are noticeably bracteate, the lower bracts sterile and imbricated, the upper ones separated and each subtending a flower. Corolla broadly urn-shaped, 16 in. long, white. Calyx-lobes triangular-ovate, enlarging and becoming succulent and snow-white, enclosing the seed-vessel and forming a flattened, globose, berry-like fruit 38 to 12 in. wide.

Native of Tasmania up to 4,000 ft. Although it has survived even hardish winters at Kew and passed through mild ones uninjured, it really requires a warmer locality to do itself justice. The first Lord Wakehurst showed a charming plant from his garden in Sussex at Westminster in August 1927, and the species still grows there in the Heath Garden.


G appressa A. W. Hill

This species is closely allied to G. hispida and takes its place on the Australian mainland, in Victoria and New South Wales. Chiefly it differs in the hairs on the stems and the midribs of the leaves being appressed, not spreading. The leaves are a trifle broader in relation to their length, elliptic-oblong to elliptic, obtuse at the apex, which is sharply contracted to an apiculate point.

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