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This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources for a particular genus.
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This month's genus:


Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Rosidae
Order: Umbellales
Family: Araliaceae
Number of Species: about 8
Root: could be derived from "hedra", which is Greek for "seat", or "haedra", which is Celtic for "cord" (see Botanical.com).

Plants in the genus Hedera are more commonly known as ivies, and are characterized by twining vines with aerial roots that assist these plants in their ascension. There are many cultivars that have found their way into the world of houseplants. Be careful when deciding whether to plant ivy outdoors; the same qualities that make them good for quickly covering up "problem areas" in your garden can also make them weedy in some environments. Also, though the fruits are eaten and dispersed by birds, some (if not all) are poisonous to humans, and the sap from these plants can cause allergic reactions in some.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Hedera species:


  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.

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