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ARALIACEAE

GINSENG FAMILY

Elizabeth McClintock

Shrub, woody vine, rarely perennial herb, tree; juvenile plant often unlike flowering plant
Stem generally branched
Leaves simple or compound, generally alternate; stipules ± fused to ± sheathing petiole base or 0
Inflorescence: umbels solitary to panicled; bracts deciduous or not
Flower generally bisexual, generally radial, generally < 5 mm; sepals generally 5, fused at base, inconspicuous, persistent; petals generally 5, free, ± white to green, deciduous; stamens generally 5, generally alternate petals; ovary inferior, chambers 1–15, 1-ovuled, styles as many as chambers, free or fused, persistent
Fruit: berry or drupe
Genera in family: 60–70 genera, 700 species: especially tropical, subtropical; medicinal (e.g. Panax , ginseng; Aralia , sarsaparilla), ornamental (e.g., Aralia, Fatsia, Hedera, Polyscias )
Reference: [Graham 1966 J Arnold Arbor 47:126–136]
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