Locally common growing with Erica lusitanica alongside the track coming down into Dry Creek, Belmont Regional Park. The last photograph show both E. arborea and E. lusitanica for comparison.
There used to be a specimen tree nearby. BG Curator David Barwick said that there had never been seedlings found nearby, but this one has recently turned up right at the edge of the path in an adjacent plot, well after the probable parent was removed. It does have the characteristic hairs on the stem that separates E. arborea from E. lusitanica. It is to be removed.
La Croix des Gardes is a protected, but higly anthropised maquis. The area is characterised by the presence of non-native Acacacia dealbata, Eucalyptus, parrots, and Freesia. Pinus pinea is probably non-native too, though long date established.
Typical flora includes Cistus monspelliensis and salviifolius, but no C. albidus, and Quercus suber and pubescens, but no Q. ilex.
Though I was looking for it, I wasn't able to find any Gladiolus too, nor than any sand wasp, despite the sandy soil on gneissic and shale terrain.
Apologies for the poor quality of the pictures, taken without a good camera but my single cellphone, with a terrible autofocus...
Fauna is poorly illustrated, since I wasn't able to catch many animals with that poor device ; it includes Pieris, and other kind of butterflies, many bees, including a mating couple of Xylocopa (either X. violaceus or X. valga), which was the first time I saw the mating. No wasps seen, probably to early in the season, and to cool yet...
Exact location is not precised, given that the occurence of various protected species, including S. neglecta that I though to be disapeared from the area, when the last site I knew it grew were built...
Erica arborea (tree heath) is a species of flowering plant in the family Ericaceae, native to the maquis shrublands surrounding the Mediterranean Basin and west to Portugal and the Canary and Madeira Islands. There are disjunct populations in Africa including the Ethiopian Highlands, the mountains of Ruwenzori and the Cameroon Mountains. It is a part of the heather family of flowering plants.