Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Merciera azurea
Synonym (old name) - Merciera tenuifolia var. azurea
Red datalist - Endangered
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Habitat Sandstone slopes
Flowering time October to February
Description An plant up to 30cm tall. Leaves are needle-like, have short hairs and bristly margins rolled under.
Bears spikes of beautiful blue-azure coloured flowers, hence the species name.
Flowers profusely after fire.
The species are listed as Endangered in the Red Data List, their habitat threatened by alien invasion and housing development.
Named after Marie P. Mercier, died 1831.
A botanist in Martinique (an island in the Caribbean sea, also a soldier.
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