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: 3 genera and 6 taxa.

Cussonia arborea

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

GenusContent
Cussonia Thunb.Description, Image
Polyscias J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.Description, Image
Schefflera J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.Description, Image

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: cultivated 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: Family page: Araliaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=19, retrieved 30 July 2016

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