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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Ericales
Familia: Ericaceae
Subfamilia: Ericoideae
Tribus: Ericeae
Genus: Daboecia
Species: D. azorica - D. cantabrica - D. ×scotica


Daboecia D.Don

Svenska: Atlantljungssläktet

Daboecia (pronounced /dæˈbiːʃiə/)[1] is a small genus in the family Ericaceae, containing two shrubby species, closely related to the genus Erica.

Daboecia differs from European Erica species in having a deciduous corolla which is substantially larger than the corolla in the same species of Erica. The leaves are always alternate in Daboecia, never whorled. The generic name come from the name of an Irish saint, Saint Dabeoc, but with the two middle vowels reversed.


ws:Daboecia azorica Tutin & E. F. Warb., from the Azores.
ws:Daboecia cantabrica (Hudson)K.Koch, from western Europe, in western Ireland (County Galway and southern County Mayo), western France, northern Spain, northwest Portugal.

Some botanists regard the genus as monospecific, making the D. azorica a subspecies of D. cantabrica.

St Dabeoc's heath is a popular garden plant and numerous cultivars have been named. Cultivars include selections from the hybrid between the two species, which is named Daboecia x scotica (lists of cultivars are available from the Heather Society).


Oliver, E. G. H. (2000). Systematics of Ericeae. Contributions from the Bolus Herbarium 19.
Nelson, E. C. (1984). Dabeoc — a saint and his heather. Yearbook of the Heather Society 1984: 41–46.
Nelson, E. C. (2000). A history, mainly nomenclatural, of St Dabeoc's heath. Watsonia 23: 47–58.

^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607

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