Hedera

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Woody evergreen climbers or shrubs. Leaves alternate, simple, entire or palmately lobed, discolorous, usually glossy above; stipules absent. Inflorescences pedunculate, of 8–many-flowered umbels that are solitary or in terminal panicles. Flowers pedicellate, pedicels continuous with receptacle (not articulated); ovary semi-inferior, 5-locular, surmounted by a conspicuous domed disk, styles 4 or 5, fully connate. Fruit a spherical drupe with 2–5 whitish seeds.

Depending on interpretation, 1–c. 16 species, in Europe, north Africa and Asia; 1 or 2 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Henwood, M.J.; Makinson, R.O.; Maling, K.L. (1999). Araliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Hero image
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Araliaceae
Higher taxa
genus Hedera
Subordinate taxa
species Hedera helix L.