A family of shrubs and small trees which are heath-like and the southern counterpart of the Ericaceae. The flowers have free sepals, the stamens are epipetalous, and the anther opens by slits. The fruit is a drupe or capsule. There are 31 genera, with 400 species, occurring mainly in Australasia, but a few extending to Indo-China, and also occurring in southernmost America.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.