ERICACEAE, Heath family

Woody plants. mostly shrubs; leaves alternate or rarely some of them opposite or whorled, deciduous or evergreen; flowers hypogynous or epigynous, bisporangiate or rarely monosporangiate; calyx lobes 4 or 5, rarely sepals separate; corolla regular or slightly zygomorphic, petals 4 or 5, usually united; stamens usually as many or twice as many as petals, anthers sometimes awned, usually opening by terminal pores which are often at ends of slender tubes; carpels 4-10, united, locules as many or rarely twice as many by false septation; style and stigma 1; placentae axile; fruit a capsule, berry, or drupe.