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Family Profile

Ericaceae

Family Description

A family of about 126 genera and 3995 species, widespread in temperate, cool and subtropical regions and at high altitudes in the tropics; seven genera occur naturally in Australia.

Genera

Acrothamnus - A genus of about 6 species in Borneo, New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia. Quinn et al (2005)

Acrotriche - A genus of about 15 species endemic to Australia. Jackes & Powell (1980); Paterson (1960).

Dracophyllum - A genus of about 48 species in Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand; four species occur naturally in Australia. Bailey (1900).

Leucopogon - A genus of about 150-450 species in Malesia and Australia; about 140 species occur naturally in Australia. Pedley (1990); Powell et al. (1987); Stanley & Ross (1986).

Paphia - A genus of about 20 species in Papua New Guinea, Australia and the south west Pacific; one or perhaps two species occur naturally in Australia. Sleumer (1966-1967). Stevens, P.F. (2004).

Rhododendron - A genus of about 1000 species, mainly in the northern hemisphere particularly in the Himalayas but also in SE Asia, Malesia (particularly rich in New Guinea) and Australia; two species occur naturally in Australia. Craven (2002); Craven & Withers (1996); Sleumer (1966-1967).

Trochocarpa - A genus of about 14 species in Malesia and Australia; seven or eight species occur naturally in Australia. Sleumer (1964).

References

Bailey, F.M. (1900). Epacrideae. In 'The Queensland Flora.' Part 3, (H.J. Diddams & Co.: Brisbane.), pp. 925-942.

Craven, L.A. (2002) A new name for an Australian Rhododendron (Ericaceae). Edinburgh Journal of Botany 59(3): 448-450

Craven, L.A. & Withers, R.M. (1996). A second species of Rhododendron (Ericaceae) from Australia. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 53:27-37.

Jackes, B.R. & Powell, J. M. (1980). Additions to the genus Acrotriche R. Br. (Epacridaceae). Telopea 1:421-428.

Paterson, B.R. (1960). Revision of the genus Acrotriche R. Br. (Epacridaceae). Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 85:75-93.

Pedley, L. (1990). Notes on Leucopogon R. Br. (Epacridaceae) in Queensland. Austrobaileya 3:265-271.

Powell, J.M. (1983). Epacridaceae. In Morley, B.D. & Toelken, H.R. (Eds) 'Flowering Plants in Australia.' (Rigby Publishers: Adelaide.), pp. 111-114.

Powell, J.M. (1992). Epacridaceae. In Harden, G.J. (Ed.) 'Flora of New South Wales.' Vol. 3, (New South Wales University Press: Kensington.), pp. 401-434.

Powell, J.M., Chapman, A.R. & Doust, A.N.L. (1987). Classification and generic status in the Epacridaceae - a preliminary analysis. Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 53:70-78.

Quinn, C.J., Brown, E.A., Heslewood, M.M. & Crayn, D.M. (2005) Generic concepts in Styphelieae (Ericaceae): the Cyathodes group. Australian Systematic Botany 18(5): 451-452.

Sleumer, H. (1964). Epacridaceae. In 'Flora Malesiana.' Ser. 1, Vol. 6, (P. Noordhoff: Groningen.), pp. 422-444.

Sleumer, H. (1966-1967). Ericaceae. In 'Flora Malesiana.' Ser. 1, Vol. 6, (P. Noordhoff: Groningen.), pp. 469-914.

Stanley, T.D. & Ross, E.M. (1986). Epacridaceae. In 'Flora of south-eastern Queensland.' Vol. 2, (Queensland Department of Primary Industries: Brisbane.), pp. 250-265.

Stevens, P.F. (2004). New taxa in Paphia and Dimorphanthera (Ericaceae) in Papuasia and the problem of generic limits in Vaccinieae. Edinburgh Journal of Botany 60(3): 274.