Hedera algeriensis flowering plant



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Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Plantae
(unranked):     Angiosperms
(unranked):     Eudicots
(unranked):     Asterids
Order:     Apiales
Family:     Araliaceae
Genus:     Hedera
Species:     H. algeriensis
Binomial name
Hedera algeriensis

Hedera plural ivies



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Hedera flowers



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Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Plantae
(unranked):     Angiosperms
(unranked):     Eudicots
(unranked):     Asterids
Order:     Apiales
Family:     Araliaceae
Subfamily:     Aralioideae
Genus:     Hedera

Toxicity:-

The berries are moderately toxic to humans, but are very bitter, so poisoning is rare.

Ivy foliage contains triterpenoid saponins and falcarinol, a polyyne; falcarinol is capable of inducing an allergic reaction  in some people.

People who have this allergy (strictly a Type IV hypersensitivity) are also likely to react to carrots and other members of the Apiaceae as they also contain falcarinol. It has also been shown to kill breast cancer cells.