Schefflera actinophylla (Endl.) Harms

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Umbrella Tree
Synonym: Brassaia actinophylla Endl.
Common Name: Octopus tree
Flowering & Fruiting Period: Summer or early autumn
Distribution: Tropical Asia to Australia
Habitat: Cultivated as an ornamental
Uses: Ornamental, bonsai material, indoor plant
Key Characteristics: The plant is a medium-sized tree. multi-stemmed. Also an epiphyte, capable of clasping its roots around the trees, acting like strangling figs. Leaves compound palmate, 7 - 16 stalks leaflets arranged in a whorl, leathery, oblong - elliptic in shape. Inflorescences in racemes. Individual flowers red and small, bisexual, fragrant with 11 petals, 11 stamens and no sepals. Fruits are fleshy drupes, purple.