Ericaceae: Blueberry Family
This family consists of 125 genera and 3,500 species (Carr). It is the family of the cranberry, blueberry, heath, heather, huckleberry, azalea and rhododendron. Most of these plants grow in temperate regions. Most are also acid loving plants and grow well in acidic bogs.
Systematics: Identification of this family can be tough. Look for bell-shapped flowers that have 4 or 5 petals. But, remember that some can have petals in 6's or 7's. Very often the leaves are evergreen. Flowers are also bisexual.
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