(old name = Epacridaceae)
Most members of the Styphelioideae are restricted to Australia and New Zealand. These plants prefer acid soils and often have tough leaves that end in a sharp point. The flowers often have a fuzzy appearance due to the hairs inside the petals.
This group used to be called the Epacridaceae and was considered a distinct family from the Ericaceae. Recent studies using DNA sequences have shown that blueberries are actually more closely related to the Styphelioideae (=Epacridaceae) than they are to rhododendrons.Recent research has also shown that the Tasmanian endemic Prionotes cerinthoides is most closely related to Lebetanthus myrsinoides that only grows in Chile! These two species represent a very early branch in the evolutionary history of the Styphelioideae.
Distribution Map of Styphelioideae throughout the World
Description of styphelioideae
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