Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Ericaceae: Heath

Woody plant with often evergreen leaves, leathery, mostly alternate. Prefer acidic soil and bogs. Flowers with single pistil. Petals and sepals in 4's or 5's, united. Stamens 8 or 10.
Flower Formula:  Sepals 4-5u; Petals (4-5) Glossary

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Andromeda
bog-rosemary
1 Photo of Andromeda Petals united at least at the base, more or less closed at mouth. Flowers parts in sets of 5. Leaves rolled backward. Images   Information
Arctostaphylos
bearberry, manzanita
1 Photo of Arctostaphylos Petals united at least at the base, more or less closed at mouth. Flowers parts in sets of 5. Leaves flat and smooth. Images   Information
Calluna
heather
1 Photo of Calluna Petals united at least at the base. Leaves opposite or whorled. Flowers parts in sets of 4. Images   Information
Chamaedaphne
leather-leaf
1 Photo of Chamaedaphne Petals united at least at the base, more or less closed at mouth. Flowers parts in sets of 5. Flowers solitary in axil of leaves. Images   Information
Epigaea
mayflower, trailing-arbutus
1 Photo of Epigaea Petals united at least at the base open at mouth. Flowers parts in sets of 5. Prostrate shrub. Fruit berry-like. Images   Information
Gaultheria
snowberry
2 Photo of Gaultheria Erect or trailing evergreen shrub with fleshy fruit. Petals united at least at the base. 4-5 seeds. Leaves alternate. Fruit with wintergreen flavor. Images   Information
Gaylussacia
huckleberry
1 Photo of Gaylussacia Erect shrub. Leaves deciduous. Fruit fleshy with 10 seeds. Images   Information
Kalmia
American laurel, laurel
1 Photo of Kalmia Petals united at least at the base open at mouth. Flowers parts in sets of 5. Erect shrub. Flowers saucer-shaped. Images   Information
Ledum
Labrador-tea
1 Photo of Ledum Petals all separate. Leaves wooly beneath Images   Information
Rhododendron
rhododendron, Lapland rosebay
1 Photo of Rhododendron Dwarf shrub. Showy pink funnel-like flowers open at mouth with stamens extending beyond end of petals. On cool rock cliffs overlooking rivers. Images   Information
Vaccinium
bilberry, blueberry, cranberry, huckleberry
8 Photo of Vaccinium Erect or trailing shrub with fleshy fruit. 4-5 seeds. Leaves smooth. Images   Information


         
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