Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Apiales

Araliaceae - Ivy and Cabbage-tree family

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978) Araliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or lianes. Stipules usually present (not in Schefflera umbellifera). Leaves alternate, simple or compound (digitate or pinnate), sometimes young leaves different to mature leaves. Inflorescences umbellate or racemose or combinations of umbels and racemes. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Calyx inconspicuous. Petals 5, less often 4 or 10, usually free; stamens usually as many as petals and alternating with them. Ovary inferior with 2-8 loculi; styles 2 or 5 or more. Ovules solitary in each loculus. Fruit a berry or drupe.

Worldwide: 47 genera and 1,325 species, mostly tropical and especially Indomalesia.

Zimbabwe: 8 cultivated genera and 9 cultivated taxa.

Polyscias fulva

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Cussonia Thunb.Description
Eleutherococcus Maxim.
Fatsia Decne. & Planch.
Hedera L.
Polyscias J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.Description, Image
Schefflera J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.Description, Image
Tetrapanax (K. Koch) K. Koch
× Fatshedera

Other sources of information about Araliaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Araliaceae
Flora of Malawi: Araliaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Araliaceae
Flora of Zambia: Araliaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Araliaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Araliaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Araliaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=19, retrieved 29 July 2016

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