Heptapleurum actinophyllum (Endl.) Lowry & G.M.Plunkett

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Heptapleurum actinophyllum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park

Heptapleurum actinophyllum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park

Heptapleurum actinophyllum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park

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Synonyms: Brassaia actinophylla Endl.
Schefflera actinophylla (Endl.) Harms
Common names: Australian cabbage tree (English) Octopus tree (English) Queensland umbrella tree (English)
Description: Evergreen tree to 10 m. Stems usually simple, little branched. Leaves large, 60 - 130 cm long, palmate; leaflets c. 7-16, 10-30 cm long, glossy, dark green, radiating from the apex of the petiole. Inflorescence umbellate, consisting of divergent racemes standing out above the foliage. Flowers red. Fruits purplish-red.
Derivation of specific name: actinophylla: from Greek: actino- meaning rayed and phylla meaning leaf, referring to the digitate leaves.
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Worldwide distribution: Queensland, Australia.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976). Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York Page 177.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Heptapleurum actinophyllum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=164850, retrieved 15 April 2024

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