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: 11 cultivated genera and 14 cultivated taxa.

Polyscias fulva

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

Cussonia Thunb.Description
Eleutherococcus Maxim.
Fatsia Decne. & Planch.Description
Hedera L.Description
Heptapleurum Gaertn.Image
Plerandra A. GrayImage
Polyscias J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.Description, Image
Schefflera J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.
Tetrapanax (K. Koch) K. KochDescription
Trevesia Vis.
× Fatshedera Description

Other sources of information about Araliaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Araliaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Araliaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Araliaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Araliaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Araliaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Araliaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Araliaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Araliaceae
Wikipedia: Araliaceae
Plants of the World Online: Araliaceae
Tropicos: Araliaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Araliaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=19, retrieved 22 May 2024

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