Family: Heather [Ericaceae]


Andromeda

Arbutus

Arctostaphylos

Calluna

Daboecia

Empetrum

Enkianthus

Erica

Gaultheria

Hypopitys

Kalmia

Leucothoe

Moneses

Orthilia

Phyllodoce

Pieris

Pyrola

Rhododendron

Vaccinium

Zenobia

Taxonomists have recently decided that the Bird's-nest Family [Monotropaceae] should be subsumed into the Heather Family [Ericaceae], which, in the UK, means just the Monotropa Genus. Thus the Monotropa Genus no longer exists. A new Genus, Hypopitys, has had to be invented for the plants in that were once in the Monotropa Genus. This has resulted in one of the strangest re-namings of any plant known: Yellow Bird's-nest, which use to have the latin name Monotropa hypopitys has now become Hypopitys monotropa!

Also, the Crowberry Family [Empetraceae] which contained the Genus Empetrum has been subsumed into this, the Heather Family. The Wintergreen [Pyrolaceae] Family containing the Genera Moneses, Pyrola and Orthilia has also been similarly subsumed into the Heather Family.



[ANDROMEDA] Bog-rosemary

Bog Rosemary. (Andromeda polifolia) Photo: © RWD



[ERICA] Heaths

 

[Erica]
HEATH HYBRID CHART
[Erica]
HEATH
HYBRIDS
BSBI MAPS
Winter
Heath

(carnea)
Dorset
Heath

(ciliaris)
Irish
Heath

(erigena)
Cross-leaved
Heath

(tetralix)
Cornish
Heath

(vagans)
Cornish
Heath

(vagans)
      Erica
×
williamsii
Cross-leaved
Heath

(tetralix)
  Erica
×
watsonii
  Erica
×
williamsii
Irish
Heath

(erigena)
Darley
Dale
Heath
     
Dorset
Heath

(ciliaris)
    Erica
×
watsonii
 
Winter
Heath

(carnea)
  Darley
Dale
Heath
   

Erica SPECIES LACKING HYBRIDS
(Erica arborea) Tree Heath
(Erica cinerea) Bell Heather
(Erica lusitanica) Portuguese Heath
(Erica mackayana) Mackay's Heath
(Erica terminalis) Corsican Heath



[VACCINIUM] Bilberries

Bilberry. (Vaccinium myrtillus) Photo: © RWD

Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) Photo: © RWD

Cowberry. (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) Photo: © Brent Clarkson


[EMPETRUM] Crowberry

Crowberry (Empetrum nigrum) [upper half of photo] Photo: © Derek Mayes



[ARCTOSTAPHYLOS] Bearberries

Arctic Bearberry (Arctostaphylos alpinus) Photo: © Derek Mayes

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) Photo: © Derek Mayes



[RHODODENRON] Rhododendrons

Rhododendron. (Rhododendron ponticum) Photo: © RWD

Yellow Azalea (Rhododendron luteum) Photo: © RWD



[PYROLA] Wintergreens

Wintergreen (Round-Leaved). (Pyrola rotundifolia) Photo: © RWD

Common Wintergreen (Pyrola minor) Photo: © Justin Stephens



[MONESES] One-Flowered Wintergreen

One-Flowered Wintergreen (Moneses uniflora) Photo: © Dawn Nelson



[GAULTHERIA] Shallons

Prickly Heath (Gaultheria mucronata) Photo: © RWD

Checkerberry (Gaultheria procumbens) Photo: © John Brailsford



[KALMIA] Sheep-Laurels

Trailing Azalea (Kalmia procumbens) Photo: © Gordon Anderson

Mountain-Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) Photo: © Dylan Cahn



[ARBUTUS] Strawberry-Tree

there is only one plant on this genus which is native in the UK, and that is Strawberry-Tree, but it is a very rare [RRR] growing mainly in the east of Ireland.

Strawberry-Tree (Arbutus unedo) Photo: © RWD

Family: Heather [Ericaceae]

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