The Ericaceae are a family of flowering plants, commonly known as the heath or heather family, found most commonly in acid and infertile growing conditions. The family is large, with 4250 known species spread across 124 genera, making it the 14th most species-rich family of flowering plants. The name comes from the type genus Erica, which appears to be derived from the Greek word “ereike”. The exact meaning is difficult to interpret, but some sources show it as meaning “heather”.
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