Ericales (Rhododendron)


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.

Keywords: botany; angiosperms; asterids; systematics; evolution

Further Reading

Anderberg AA and Ståhl B (1995) Phylogenetic interrelationships in the order Primulales, with special emphasis on the family circumscriptions. Canadian Journal of Botany 73: 1699–1730.

Anderberg AA and Zhang X (2002) Phylogenetic relationships of Cyrillaceae and Clethraceae (Ericales) with special emphasis on the genus Purdiaea Planch. Organisms Diversity and Evolution 2: 127–137.

Anderberg AA, Rydin C and Källersjö M (2002) Phylogenetic relationships in the order Ericales s.l.: analyses of molecular data from five genes from the plastid and mitochondrial genomes. American Journal of Botany 89: 677–687.

Bremer B, Bremer K, Heidari N, et al. (2002) Phylogenetics of asterids based on 3 coding and 3 non‐coding chloroplast DNA markers and the utility of non‐coding DNA at higher taxonomic levels. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 24: 274–301.

Friis EM (1985) Actinocalyx gen. nov., sympetalous angiosperm flowers from the Upper Cretaceous of southern Sweden. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 45: 171–183.

Judd WS, Campbell CS, Kellogg EA and Stevens PF (1999) Plant Systematics: A Phylogenetic Approach. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates.

Kron KA, Judd WS, Stevens PF, et al. (2002) A phylogenetic classification of Ericaceae: molecular and morphological evidence. Botanical Review 68: 335–423.

Soltis DE, Soltis PS, Chase MW, et al. (2000) Angiosperm phylogeny inferred from 18S rDNA, rbcL and atpB sequences. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 133: 381–461.

Stevens PF (2001 onwards) Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Version 3, May 2002. []

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Smets, Erik, and Pyck, Nancy(May 2003) Ericales (Rhododendron). In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003730]