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Family: Araliaceae
English ivy
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Plant: Woody vine; stem: juvenile stems climbing by aerial rootlets; flowering stems fewer, nonclimbing Leaves: simple, evergreen; on juvenile stems palmately 3-5-lobed, < 35 cm; on flowering stems < 15 cm, ovate to ± diamond-shaped; petiole, lower surfaces hairy to ± glabrous INFLORESCENCE: umbels Flowers: generally bisexual, radial, < 5 mm; sepals 5, fused at base, inconspicuous, persistent; petals generally 5, free, ± white to green, deciduous; stamens generally 5; alternate petals; ovary inferior, chambers 1-15, 1-ovuled, styles as many as chambers, free or fused, persistent Fruit: ± 5 mm, berry, black Misc: Disturbed areas; 0-1000 m.
Climbing to 30 m; young shoots and infl densely covered with small stellate to peltate hairs; lvs shining, dark green, dimorphic, those of flowering shoots narrowly elliptic to suborbicular-cordate, entire, the others broad, palmately 3- or 5-lobed; fr nearly black, with 2 or 3 pyrenes; 2n=48. Native of Europe, cult. in various forms and occasionally escaped, especially southward.

Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

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