EricaceaeHeath family






Identification
  - Hemi-epiphytes or shrubs on disturbed ground or fallen logs.
  - Leaves simple, alternate, entire, with few lateral veins.
  - Without stipules.
  - Flowers tubular, often pinkish and hummingbird-pollinated.
  - Fruit a many-seeded berry.

Diagnosis: Hemi-epiphytes and small trees, without stipules, leaves alternate, simple, entire, with few strongly ascending lateral veins, often appearing 3-veined.

Similar families
Asteraceae: usually pubescent, only basal veins strongly ascending.
Lauraceae: aromatic odor, 3-veined species usually have domatia in vein axils.

Diversity: Total: 12 genera, 28 species.



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