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Ericales (Rhododendron)

  1. Erik Smets,
  2. Nancy Pyck

Published Online: 28 MAY 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003730



How to Cite

Smets, E. and Pyck, N. 2003. Ericales (Rhododendron). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Katholieke Universiteit, Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAY 2003


The angiosperm order Ericales consists of 25 families and about 11 150 species. A great variety of life forms is present and representatives of Ericales can be found worldwide. The order contains many economically and horticulturally important plants.


  • botany;
  • angiosperms;
  • asterids;
  • systematics;
  • evolution