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Common name

English: English Ivy

German: Gemeine Efeu

Portuguese: Hera Verdadeira


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Apiales (38)

        Family: Araliaceae (10)(family description)

          Genus: Hedera (2)

            Epithet: helix L. (2)

Synonyms: Hedera aurantiaca (Hibberd) Carrière, Hedera baccifera G.Nicholson, Hedera chrysophylla (Hibberd) Carrière, Hedera combwoodiana Carrière, Hedera poetica Salisb.

aurantiaca => orange-like, orange-coloured

baccifera => berry-bearing

chrysophylla => yellow leaves

helix => spiral, to turn round spirally as ivy

poetica => of poets, especially Roman and Greek poets


Climate: temperate

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: liana

Flower colour: green

External links

Check for Hedera helix at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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