Gaultheria

bayas en el arbusto de gaultheria
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Gaultheria procumbens

Sinónimos:
Wintergreen, Checkerberry
Gaultheria (Wikipedia)

Gaultheria
Salal (Gaultheria shallon) Leaf and Flowers.jpg
Gaultheria shallon
Scientific classification e
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Asterids
Order:Ericales
Family:Ericaceae
Subfamily:Vaccinioideae
Tribe:Gaultherieae
Genus:Gaultheria
Kalm ex L.
Type species
Gaultheria procumbens
L.
Synonyms 

Chiogenes Salisbury

Gaultheria is a genus of about 135 species of shrubs in the family Ericaceae. The name commemorates Jean François Gaultier of Quebec, an honour bestowed by the Scandinavian Pehr Kalm in 1748 and taken up by Carl Linnaeus in his Species Plantarum. These plants are native to Asia, Australasia and North and South America. In the past, the Southern Hemisphere species were often treated as the separate genus Pernettya, but no consistent reliable morphological or genetic differences support recognition of two genera, and they are now united in the single genus Gaultheria.

Gaultheria (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

From the genus name.

Noun

gaultheria (plural gaultherias)

  1. (botany) Any plant of the genus Gaultheria of evergreen ericaceous shrubs.

References

  • gaultheria in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
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