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Nº 32. Thursday, December 16, 2010

Actinidiaceae

n Bot. Family of dicotyledonous plants such as the kiwi (Actinidia chinensis).

Type genus: Actinidia.

image courtesy of Wouter Hagens

Flowers of the kiwi plant. The kiwi plant (Actinidia chinensis) produces edible fruits known as kiwifruit.

Etymology

From modern Latin Actinidiaceae; from Actinidia, name of a plant genus; and the Latin suffix -aceae, «-aceous».