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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Subfamily: Monotropoideae
Genus: Cheilotheca
Hook. f.

Cheilotheca is a small genus of myco-heterotrophic plants in the heath family (Ericaceae). As currently circumscribed the group includes three species.[1]


The genus was named by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1876.[2] The name is derived from the Greek word "cheilos", meaning a lip or an edge. The "theca" is a Latin term, meaning covering or sheath. Together they essentially mean "lipped sheath".


Based on morphological analyses, Cheilotheca has been placed in the Ericaceae subfamily Monotropoideae.[3] The exact placement of Cheilotheca within the Monotropoideae is still unknown, but morphologically the genus most closely resembles Monotropa and Monotropastrum.

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  1. ^ The Plant List. Cheilotheca. Searched November 2011.
  2. ^ Bentham, G., Hooker, J.D. (1876) Genera Plantarum Vol. 2. Reeve & Co., London.
  3. ^ Kron, K.A., Judd, W.S., Stevens, P.F., Crayn, D.M., Anderberg, A.A., Gadek, P.A., Quinn, C.J., Luteyn, J.L. 2002. Phylogenetic classification of Ericaceae: molecular and morphological evidence. Botanical Review 68: 335-423.

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