Schefflera actinophylla (Araliaceae)

Schefflera actinophylla

It was a pleasure to see Schefflera actinophylla, also known as the Queensland umbrella tree, octopus tree and amate, in it’s native habitat in the wet tropical forests Queensland. In it’s native habitat it is often a early successional tree or common in disturbed or roadsides in rainforest. However, it also grows as hemiepiphyte on rainforest trees, like a strangler fig, except that it doesn’t appear to strangle it’s host.

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The umbrella tree has gained an infamous reputation as an invasive tree in various tropical regions (e.g. Hawaii, Southeast Asia).

However, it is an attractive robust tree, with large glossy leaves and spectacular sprays of dark red flowers. These flowers are especially attractive close up.

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The stipules at the leaf bases

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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