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a family of dicotyledonous plants—small trees and bushes (some are climbing bushes); less frequently, perennial grasses. The flowers are actinomorphous, usually umbellate, often in complex inflorescences. There are about 70 genera and 850 species in tropical and subtropical regions, especially in Southeast Asia, Asia, Polynesia, Australia, and tropical America. In the USSR there are six genera in the Far East and one in the area of the Caucasus and Europe. The Araliaceae include decorative varieties (ivy) and important medicinal plants (ginseng, aralias, Eleutherococcus, and Echinopanax).
REFERENCESFlora SSSR, vol. 16. Moscow-Leningrad, 1950.
Takhtadzhian, A. L. Sistema i filogeniia tsvetkovykh rastenii. Moscow-Leningrad, 1966.