Schefflera umbellifera (Sond.) Baill.

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Schefflera umbellifera

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Cloudlands, Vumba

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Synonyms: Cussonia chartacea Schinz
Cussonia umbellifera Sond.
Common names: Forest false cabbage-tree (English) Muchaka (Shona) Mukisiso (Shona) Mushenjetsoka (Shona)
Status: Native
Medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves crowded near the ends of branches, digitately compound with 3-5 oblong-elliptic leaflets on long, slender petioles. Flowers very small, greenish-cream in large umbel-like terminal inflorescences. Fruit in loose clusters, spherical, dark red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: umbellifera: bearing flowers in umbels
Habitat: In forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Thursday 22 January 2009

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Araliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 624 - 625.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 28.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 46.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Schefflera umbellifera., retrieved 30 August 2016

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