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- adj. Acid-loving, thriving in acidic conditions.
- adj. acidic, acid-based
- adj. Of or pertaining to the heath family (Ericaceae)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging to the Heath family, or resembling plants of that family; consisting of heats.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to heath or to the Ericaceæ; resembling or consisting of heaths.
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The acid testUnless you're one of the few Britons who garden on acidic soil, you'll need ericaceous compost to grow blueberries, azaleas and rhododendrons.
Heath balds represent the xeric extreme at higher elevations and are dominated by ericaceous shrubs such as Rhododenron catawbiense, R. minus, Kalmia latifolia and Leiophyllum buxfolium.
A large proportion of the plant species in shrubby vegetation, common in the Arctic, associate with ecto - or ericaceous mycorrhizal fungi.
Examples include orchids, ferns, and herbs in warm springs on West Greenland (although orchids and ferns are unlikely to become widely distributed), ericaceous dwarf shrubs in some inner fjords of Svalbard, and the large shrubs/small trees of the North Slope of Alaska.
Strong relationships between growth and temperature in the circumpolar ericaceous dwarf shrub Cassiope tetragona and the feather moss Hylocomium splendens can be used to model range changes.
However, recent studies with the heather '' Calluna vulgaris '' , bilberry , and lingonberry  have demonstrated improved frost resistance caused by extra nitrogen, probably because these ericaceous species are plants adapted to low-nutrient habitats, such as those at high latitudes.
Forests of this ecoregion are dominated by stands of black spruce (Picea mariana) and jack pine (Pinus banksiana), with a shrub layer of ericaceous shrubs (Ericaceae) and a ground cover of moss and lichens.
Drier sites can support open stands of white spruce, ericaceous shrubs and a ground cover of mosses and lichens.
Black spruce and dwarf larch Larix larieina scrub colonises exposed moraines, giving way to an ericaceous shrub formation in the more exposed and unstable areas with alpine bearberry Anctostaphylos alpina, alpine azalea Loiseleuria procumbens and diapensia.
Phipps and Goodier classify these heathlands into ericaceous and proteaceous types.