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Araliaceae Juss., 1789 nom. cons.
the ivy family
Aralia is the Latinized form of the old French-Canadian name for Aralie, or Schefflera urbaniana, a plant it slightly resembles. The family mostly consists of tropical trees and shrubs, and, less commonly, lianas or herbs.
There are no characteristics always present in Araliaceae. The leaves are anything from simple to lobed in various ways, and usually alternate, the petioles often sheathing at the base; the margins anything from entire to toothed. The flowers are most frequently unisexual, often in heads or umbels. The fruit may be a berry or a drupe that sometimes splits into one-seeded segments.
Aralia spp. - Aralia
Brassaia actinophylla (syn.) - Umbrella Tree
Centella asiatica - Pennywort
Hydrocotyle asiatica (syn.) - Pennywort
Polyscias spp. - Aralia
Polyscias scutellaria - Dinner-plate Aralia
Schefflera actinophylla - Umbrella Tree
Trisanthus cochinchinensis (syn.) - Pennywort
Photograph by Quert1234, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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