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The family consist of 8-9 genera with 30-50 species of woody plants. All are lianas, save Decaisnea, which are pachycaul shrubs. The leaves are alternate, and compound (usually palmate), with pulvinate leaflets. The flowers are often in drooping racemes.
They are found in eastern Asia, from the Himalayas to Japan, with the exception of the genera Lardizabala and Boquila, both native to southern South America (Chile, and Boquila also in adjacent western Argentina).
- Selected genera
- Akebia Decne.
- Archakebia C.Y.Wu, T.C.Chen & H.N.Qin (included in Holboellia by some authors)
- Boquila Decne.
- Decaisnea Hook.f. & Thomson
- Holboellia Wall.
- Lardizabala Ruiz & Pav.
- Sargentodoxa Rehder & E.H.Wilson (sometimes placed in its own family Sargentodoxaceae)
- Sinofranchetia (Diels) Hemsl.
- Stauntonia DC.
- Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009). "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III" (PDF). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161 (2): 105–121. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
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