Erica ciliaris is a species of heather, known in the British Isles as Dorset heath. It grows to 60 centimetres (24 in), and has leaves 2–4 millimetres (0.08–0.16 in) long, with long, glandular hairs. The flowers are 8–12 mm (0.31–0.47 in) long, bright pink, and arranged in long racemes.
Erica ciliaris has a Lusitanian distribution, stretching from Morocco in the south, along the Atlantic coasts of Portugal, Spain and France to south-western parts of the British Isles in the north. In the British Isles, it is only found natively in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, where it lives in bogs and wet heaths. It has also been introduced to Hampshire and County Galway. E. ciliaris was voted the county flower of Dorset in 2002 following a poll by the wild flora conservation charity Plantlife.
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- S. B. Chapman (1975). "The distribution and composition of hybrid populations of Erica ciliaris L. and Erica tetralix L. in Dorset". Journal of Ecology. 63 (3): 809–823. JSTOR 2258603.
- "Dorset heath (Erica ciliaris)". County Flowers. Plantlife. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
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