ARALIACEAE,  Ginseng Family

Trees., shrubs., and herbs; leaves alternate or whorled. compound to decompound, or sometimes simple; flowers small, epigynous, bisporangiate or some bisporangiate and some monosporangiate, in solitary or clustered umbels; sepals 5, minute, or represented by only a rim; petals 5, separate; stamens 5; stamens and petals from edge of epigynous disk or short hypanthium; carpels 2-5, united; styles, stigmas, and Iocules as many; ovule 1 in each locule; placentation axile; fruit a berry.