Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Ericales - Family: Ericaceae
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Andromeda, the generic name, was chosen by the famous Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in 1732 when he first described this plant scientifically and gave it the binomial name Andromeda porifolia. In Greek mythology, Andromeda was the beautiful daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia of Aethiopia, in North Africa. The specific epithet porifolia means 'with grey leaves'.
The common name Bog Rosemary arose because this plant grows in peat bogs and its leaves are superficially similar to those of the plant Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis (a member of the unrelated family Lamiaceae).
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