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Genus Hedera Family Araliaceae

Description: Evergreen woody climbers or shrubs.

Leaves alternate, simple, margins entire or palmately lobed; stipules absent; lamina usually glossy and dark green on upper surface, lower surface paler.

Inflorescences pedunculate, of 8–many-flowered umbels; umbels solitary or in terminal panicles; flowers pedicellate, pedicels continuous with receptacle (not articulated). Ovary semi-inferior, 4- or 5-locular, surmounted by a conspicuous domed disk; styles 4 or 5, fully fused.

Fruit a globose drupe with 2–5 whitish seeds.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 15 spp., Eur., N Afr., Asia. Aust.: 1 or 2 spp. (naturalized). Ivy

Text by M. J. Henwood & R. O. Makinson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Hedera helix

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