Polyscias scutellaria (Burm.f.) Fosberg

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Shield Aralia
Synonym: Aralia rotunda W.Bull
Common Name: Plum Aralia, Balfour aralia
Flowering & Fruiting Period: Not specified
Distribution: Native to Africa to the Pacific Islands
Habitat: Grown as garden plant
Uses: Ornamental foliage
Key Characteristics: Shield Aralia are treelets or small trees, 2-6 m tall. Leaves 1- or 2-pinnate; leaf stalk 35-30 cm, enlarged and clasping at base, alate for 1-6 cm with membranous wings; petiolules 1-5 cm; leaflets 1, 3, or 5 (rarely 2 or 4), broadly elliptic to oblate or kidney-shaped, occasionally ovate or obovate, 5-20 × 5-20 cm, papery to subleathery, base shallowly heart-shaped or convex, margin subentire to serrates. Tiny flowers occur in erect panicles of umbels.