There are eight Families in Order Ericales, and the one with most species
is the Heath Family (Ericaceae). The majority are woody shrubs or small
trees, though there are some non-woody herbs. Plants in this group are
distributed throughout the world, often growing in moist, acid soils that
are poor in nutrients. Many are able to thrive in poor soils because their
roots are in close contact with fungal threads which break down substances
in the soil and make them available to the plant to use as food.
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