Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Ericales

Ericaceae - Heather family

Ross, R. (1983) Ericaceae Flora Zambesiaca 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

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

Erica L.Image

Other sources of information about Ericaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Ericaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Ericaceae
Flora of Zambia: Ericaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Ericaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=82, retrieved 6 October 2015

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