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Asterales > Family: Campanulaceae
Six species, all endemic to the Western Cape,
Species native to southern Africa
of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).
Distribution ranges from Sir Lowry's
Pass to Bredasdorp where is occurs in sandy or stony
soils at elevations ranging from 100 to 650 m. Flowering
time November to February.
Distribution includes Babylons Tower,
Bot River, Houwhoek, Shaw's Mountains and the Caledon
Swartberg. It appears to hybridise with Merciera
leptoloba on the Houwhoek mountains where these two
species occur sympatrically. Flowers November to
Distributed from Groenlandberg
northwards to Tulbagh where it occurs in sandy or stony
soil at elevations ranging from 450 to 1500 m. Flowering
time October to February.
A common species along the Cape
southeast coast from Kogelberg to Bredasdorp. It occurs
on sandy or stony flats and hills at elevations ranging
from sea level to 400 m. Flowering time November to
A localised fynbos species
distributed in a small area of the Western Cape that
includes Bot River, Houwhoek and Kogelberg. It grows on
stony soils at elevations ranging from 110 to 600 m.
Flowering time December to January.
Distribution includes Faure, Gordon's Bay, Sir Lowry's
Pass, Somerset West, Strand, Dal Josaphat, Du
Toitskloof, Stellenbosch, Hermon and Malmesbury. Occurs
in clay soil on flats and lower mountain slopes at
elevations from 30 to 350 m. Its occurence in disturbed
habitats is symptomatic of its distribution which covers
an area under heavy pressure of urban development.
Flowering time November to January.
- Cupido, C.N. 2006. A taxonomic revision of the genus
Merciera (Campanulaceae). Bothalia 36(1): 1-11.