Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae

Ericaceae - Heather family

Ross, R. (1983) Ericaceae FZ 7(1)

Description of the family

Small trees, shrubs or subshrubs. Stipules 0. Leaves simple and (in ours) in whorls of 4, usually evergreen; leaf margins strongly reflexed ± meeting along the midrib on the abaxial side of the leaf where there is a groove. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic or slightly zygomorphic, occurring (in ours) in capitate clusters at the tips of the branches. Calyx and corolla (in ours) (3-)4(5)-partite; calyx with 1 sepal longer than the others, this sepal usually free, the others connate to a varying degrees. Corolla campanulate to urceolate with obtuse lobes. Stamens (5-)6-8(-10). Ovary superior or inferior, 3 or (in ours) 4-locular. Style 1, expanded into a disk. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 107 genera and 3,400 species, cosmopolitan, but scarce in Australasia.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 12 taxa.

Erica hexandra

More sample images from the Ericaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Erica hexandra

Erica hexandra

Erica lanceolifera

Erica lanceolifera

Erica pleiotricha

Erica pleiotricha

Erica woodii

Erica woodii

Erica silvatica

Erica silvatica

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

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Other sources of information about Ericaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ericaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Ericaceae
Flora of Zambia: Ericaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ericaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Ericaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=82, retrieved 21 April 2014

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