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Family Profile

Araliaceae

Family Description

A family of 70 genera and 700 species, pantropic with a few species in temperate regions; eight genera occur naturally in Australia.

Genera

Cephalaralia - A monotypic genus endemic to Australia. Stanley & Ross (1986).

Delarbrea - A genus of six species from Malesia to the Pacific; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Lowry (1986).

Gastonia - A genus of about ten species in Africa, Madagascar, Mascarenes, Malesia, Australia and the Solomon Islands; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Philipson (1979).

Mackinlaya - A genus of about 50 species in Malesia, Australia and the Solomon Islands; two species occur naturally in Australia.

Motherwellia - A monotypic genus endemic to Australia. Mueller (1870).

Polyscias - A genus of about 100 species in Africa, Asia, Malesia, Australia and the Pacific islands; eight to ten species occur naturally in Australia. Philipson (1977, 1978, 1979); White (1936).

Schefflera - A genus of about 200 species, pantropic; three or four species occur naturally in Australia. Frodin (1975).

References

Frodin, D.G. (1975). Studies in Schefflera (Araliaceae): The Cephaloschefflera complex. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 56:427-448.

Lowry, Porter, P. II (1986). A systematic study of Delarbrea Vieill. (Araliaceae). Allertonia 4:169-201.

Mueller, F. (1870). Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 7:107-108. (Melbourne 1858-1882.).

Philipson, W.R. (1977). The deletion of Pentapanax Seem. from the flora of Australia. Austrobaileya 1:23-24.

Philipson, W.R. (1978). A synopsis of the Malesian species of Polyscias (Araliaceae). Blumea 24:169-172.

Philipson, W.R. (1979). Araliaceae. In 'Flora Malesiana.' Ser. 1, Vol. 9, (Sijthoff & Noordhoff International Publishers: Alphen Aan Den Rijn.), pp. 1-105.

Stanley, T.D. & Ross, E.M. (1986). Araliaceae. In 'Flora of south-eastern Queensland.' Vol. 2, (Queensland Department of Primary Industries: Brisbane.),pp. 235-237.

White, C.T. (1936). Contributions to the Queensland Flora, No. 5. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 47:51-84.