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.

Zambia: 3 genera and 7 taxa.

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

Other sources of information about Araliaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Araliaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Araliaceae
Wikipedia: Araliaceae


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Araliaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=19, retrieved 23 October 2019

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