One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting plants of the heather family ("Ericaceae").
- ‘Ledum groenlandicum, Labrador tea, is an ericaceous evergreen shrub of acidic, wet areas common to northern regions of North America.’
- ‘Eradication of wild blueberries or other ericaceous plants in the vicinity of the blueberry planting is advised.’
- ‘Like other ericaceous plants, blueberries must be grown in acid soils so if azaleas and camellias do well in your garden, these will too.’
- ‘The forest ground vegetation is mostly dominated by ericaceous dwarf shrubs.’
- ‘O'Connell and Johnston, for example, found that microhabitat characteristics (e.g. presence of ericaceous shrubs or open canopy) had a larger effect on pollination success in the orchid Cypripedium acaule than floral traits.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Ericaceae (plural), from the genus name Erica (see erica).
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