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: 4 cultivated genera and 4 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

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

Erica L.Description
Pieris D. DonDescription
Rhododendron L.Description
Vaccinium L.Description

Other sources of information about Ericaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ericaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ericaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ericaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ericaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Ericaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ericaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Ericaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ericaceae
Wikipedia: Ericaceae
Plants of the World Online: Ericaceae
Tropicos: Ericaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Ericaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=82, retrieved 30 May 2024

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