family of plants

Ericaceae is a family of flowering plants in the order Ericales. Plants of this family grow both in Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. The common English name of Ericaceae is the heath family.

Erica carnea
Scientific classification


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Flower diagram of Vaccinium, a well-known genus of Ericaceae.

Many plants of Ericaceae are shrubs, but there are also trees and herbs.

There are about 120[1] genera and about 4000[1] species in this family.

Many plants of Ericaceae are evergreen plants with small flowers in the shape of bells or tube. The color of flowers may be white, pink, red, violet, rarely yellow. It may be interest plants for gardens.

Fruits of some species are edible.

Some plants of Ericaceae have a poison in all their parts.

The genus Epacris was treated in a separate family, Epacridaceae, but Epacris is now in this family.

Genera change

Calluna vulgaris
Epacris longiflora
Erica calycina
Kalmia latifolia
Rhododendron × campylocarpum
Vaccinium corymbosum
Zenobia pulverulenta
Bejaria imthurnii
Cassiope mertensiana
Dracophyllum secundum

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 MOBOT: Ericaceae

Other websites change

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  Wikispecies has an entry on: Ericaceae