Pittosporaceae

Belongs within: Apiales.Contains: Pittosporum. The Pittosporaceae are a group of trees, shrubs and lianes widespread in the Old World, members of which produce fruits with seeds covered in a sticky pulp. Representative include Billardiera, appleberries or bluebell creepers, a genus of subshrubs or lianas producing more or less succulent berries. Characters (from Allan 1961): Trees,… Continue reading Pittosporaceae

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Polyscias

Belongs within: Araliaceae. Polyscias is a genus of about 100 species of trees and shrubs found in the tropics of the Old World. Representatives have pinnate leaves and flowers attached to an articulate pedicel (Philipson 1995). Some species of the genus are grown for culinary use, with the young leaves used as a pot herb.… Continue reading Polyscias

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Araliaceae

Belongs within: Apiales.Contains: Pseudopanax, Polyscias, Osmoxylon, Hydrocotyle, Trachymene, Panax, Schefflera, Aralia. The Araliaceae are a family of plants found worldwide, with diversity particularly high in the tropics. The majority of Araliaceae are shrubs and trees, though the family also includes herbs and climbers. Recent phylogenetic studies have lead to the inclusion in the Araliaceae of… Continue reading Araliaceae

Apiaceae

Belongs within: Apiales.Contains: Mackinlayoideae, Apioideae, Saniculeae. The Apiaceae, also known as Umbelliferae, is the family of flowering plants including such members as carrots, celery, hemlock and fennel. Most members of the Apiaceae are characterised by (and the family gets its alternative name from) the production of small unspecialised flowers in clustered heads called umbels. Most… Continue reading Apiaceae

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Xanthosia

Belongs within: Araliaceae. Southern crosses under the Southern Cross Published 3 August 2022 Australia is well-known for its distinctive fauna—its marsupials, its monotremes, its abundance of parrots and honeyeaters. But it is also home to many distinctive plants, representing families and genera found nowhere else in the world. One such distinctly Australian genus is Xanthosia.… Continue reading Xanthosia

Apioideae

Belongs within: Apiaceae.Contains: Mulineae, Bupleurum, Pleurospermeae, Perideridia, Scandiceae, Smyrnieae, Aciphylla, Anisotome, Pyramidoptereae, Heracleum, Peucedaneae, Cymopterus, Lomatium. The Apioideae are a major subgroup of apiaceous plants in which the flowers are pedicelled in umbers, with styles arising from stylopodia, and fruits are distinctly ribbed (Allan 1961). <==Apioideae [Ammineae, Apieae]DK-DW00 |–HeteromorpheaeDK-DW00 | |–Heteromorpha Chamisso & Schlechtendal 1826… Continue reading Apioideae

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Daucinae

Belongs within: Scandiceae. The spread of carrots Published 30 November 2020 Carrots are one of the staple vegetables in this part of the world as well as in a great many others. Indeed, Wikipedia informs us that about forty million tonnes of carrots and turnips were produced worldwide in 2018, and I would have to… Continue reading Daucinae

Pseudopanax

Belongs within: Araliaceae. Five-fingers and lancewoods Published 18 January 2020 Longtime readers of this blog will know that my knowledge of plants has always been fairly rudimentary. As a young’un, I only ever learnt to distinguish some of the more common and visible varieties. As a student, I did take a few botany classes, but… Continue reading Pseudopanax

Smyrnieae

Belongs within: Apioideae. The Smyrnieae are a group of umbelliferous plants characterised by seeds with a groove on the commisural surface (Allan 1961). Characters (from Allan 1961): Flowers pedicelled in umbels; styles arising from stylopodia; fruits with distinct, unarmed ribs; seeds grooved on commissural surface. <==Smyrnieae [Smyrniaceae, Smyrniinae]DK-DW00 |–Lecokia de Candolle 1829 [Lecokieae]DK-DW00, PC85 |… Continue reading Smyrnieae

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Mulineae

Belongs within: Apioideae. The Mulineae are a group of umbelliferous plants characterised by the production of fruits with mericarps rounded on back or dorsally slightly flattened and a relatively broad commissure, and seeds surrounded by a woody layer (Allan 1961). <==MulineaeA61 |–Mulinum Persoon 1805PC85 | `–M. spinosumSB06 `–Schizeilema Domin 1908A61 |–S. allanii Cheesem. 1925A61 |–S.… Continue reading Mulineae

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