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Genus Hovenia Family Rhamnaceae

Description: Deciduous trees.

Leaves alternate, usually glabrous, 3-veined from base of lamina; long-petioled.

Inflorescences terminal and axillary, cymose, often forming large leafy panicles. Flowers bisexual, 5-merous. Hypanthium fused to ovary. Sepals c. as long as petals. Clusters of filamentous hairs at inner base of sepals. Anthers 5; filaments longer than the anthers. Disc absent. Ovary superior, 2–4-locular; style usually 3-branched.

Fruit indehiscent, peduncles succulent.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 2 species, China, Korea & Japan. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Hovenia dulcis

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