Chinese Gooseberry Family

Trees, shrubs or woody vines. Leaves alternate, simple. Flowers solitary or in clusters, bisexual or unisexual. Sepals and petals (4-)5(-7), free. Stamens numerous, often in 5 clusters opposite the petals, occasionally in some genera anthers splitting by terminal pores. Carpels fused, 3 or more. Ovary superior with numerous ovules having axile placentation. Fruit a berry or capsule.

Actinidia deliciosa is grown for its edible fruit.

Cultivated plants woody vines, leaves simple with star-shaped hairs; stamens numerous; anthers opening by terminal pores.

3 genera and about 360 species from tropical and temperate Asia and tropical America.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Actinidiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
genus        Actinidia Lindl.