ERICACEAE - Heath Family

Evergreen and sometimes deciduous shrubs, herbs

Leaves alternate, simple, sometimes leathery

Flowers urceolate (urn-shaped) or campanulate, bisexual, actinomorphic, solitary or in racemes



Fruit a capsule, berry, or drupe

Seed with circular embryo

125 genera, 3500 species

Plants prefer acid soils, often form dense thickets

Ericaceae are often associated with Pyrolaceae, a small family of perennial herbs and the Monotropaceae, a family which contains a number of parasitic, non-photosynthetic plants

Economic uses:
Rhododendron - ornamentals, evergreen and deciduous (azaleas)

Vaccinum - blueberry, huckleberry, cranberry

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