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88. Ericaceae.—Heath Family.

Botanical name:

Trees or shrubs, rarely herbs; leaves generally foliaceous; flowers regular, gamopetalous, usually bell-shaped or urn-shaped; anthers two-celled, with porous dehiscence. A large order, with leaves astringent and bitter, because of the presence of glucosides. Some species contain a poisonous principle, andromedotoxin.


A Manual of Organic Materia Medica and Pharmacognosy, 1917, was written by Lucius E. Sayre, B.S. Ph. M.



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