Ericaceae, Heath or Heather Family
The Ericaceae is a flowering-plants family also known as the Heath or Heather Family is a relatively large family. Members include herbs, subshrubs, shrubs and trees. Ericaceae species often grow in poor or acidic soil conditions. Important commercial economic species include the Cranberry, Blueberry and Huckleberry. Other important horticultural plants include Azalea's, Rhododendron's and the Heaths and Heathers.
Ericaceae contain 145 genera with 3,343 accepted species names. Others place the number of species at 4000.
There are 66 species, more or less, in Arctostaphylos in North America. 4 species of Arctostaphylos are found in Arizona from chaparral to coniferous communities.