Actinidia Lindl.

Greek aktis—a ray, referring to star-like flowers or the rayed stigmas of the female flowers.

Climbing shrubs. Stems with segmented pith. Leaves alternate, simple, stalked. Flowers solitary or in clusters. Flowers cup-shaped, mostly white. Fruit a berry.

A. deliciosa (A. Chev.) C.F. Liang & A.R. Ferguson is grown commercially for its edible fruit.  A. arguta (Siebold & Zucc.) Miq. is occasionally grown; it has distinctive purple anthers.

Seed, cuttings or layers.

Fruit edible and used in salads, jams, preserves etc.

Woody climber with brown-hairy berries having green flesh and black pips.

About 60 species from E Asia.

Li (1952).

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
family       Actinidiaceae
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