Idesia Maxim.

Commemorating Eberhard Ysbrant Ides, early 18th century Dutch traveller of Asia.

Tree to 10 m or more tall. Leaves alternate, cordate, to 25 cm long with distinctive waxy blue undersurface and palmate venation of 5-6 nerves running up from the base. Flowers in large terminal clusters, unisexual or unisexual and bisexual on the same plant, sepals 5, petals 0; stamens numerous; spring. Fruit fleshy, orange berries about 8 mm wide, containing numerous seeds.

Seeds, root cuttings, softwood cuttings.

Leaves waxy blue with palmate venation.

1 species from Japan and China.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Flacourtiaceae. 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     Rosanae
order      Malpighiales
family       Salicaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Idesia polycarpa Maxim.