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.

Caprivi: 3 cultivated genera and 7 cultivated taxa.

Cussonia arborea

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

GenusContent
Astropanax Seem.Description, Image
Cussonia Thunb.Description, Image
Polyscias 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: Araliaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Cultivated plants: Family page: Araliaceae.
https://www.capriviflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=19, retrieved 23 June 2024

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