Description: Perennial herbs.
Leaves compound; stipules absent.
Inflorescence a terminal panicle. Flowers bisexual and unisexual, plants mainly dioecious but with some bisexual flowers on otherwise male or female plants. Stamens numerous. Carpel 3, free.
Fruit a cluster of free follicles; seeds several.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 12 species, northern temperate regions. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).
Aruncus was formerly placed in the family Malaceae (now part of Rosaceae), e.g.Flora of New South Wales.
Text by G.J. Harden & A.N. Rodd
|One species in NSW: Aruncus dioicus|