Mackinlaya macrosciadea (Araliaceae)

A rain forest understorey shrub. Distinguished from the very similar Mackinlaya confusa by the less complex inflorescence (i.e M. macrosciadea has umbels on umbels while M. confusa has umbels on umbels on umbels!) and also M. confusa often has slightly lobed leaves.

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Umbels on umbels! Purple fruits.

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The digitate leaf

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Leaf underside. The leaves are quite soft-fleshy

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Leaf petiole sheathing the stem – a typical Araliaceae feature


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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