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Cannabaceae Martinov, 1820, nom. cons.
the hemp family
Cannabaceae is derived from the Greek κανναβις (kannabis), hemp. The family contains trees, shrubs, erect herbs and climbing vines. Leaves are often more-or-less palmately lobed or palmately compound, and always bear stipules. Flowers are radially symmetrical, and not showy, as the plants are wind-pollinated. They are usually unisexual, the axillary inflorescences cymes. There are no petals. The female flowers have 5 sepals fused together below the ovary. In some genera, the fruit is subtended by a bract that may be large enough to conceal the flowers and fruits (hops). The fruit may be an achene or a drupe.
Trema aspera var. viridis (syn.) - Poison Peach
Trema tomentosa var. viridis - Poison Peach
Photograph by Dr Hagen Graebner, via Wikimedia Commons
Page last updated 7th October 2014