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Schefflera arboricola

English name: Dwarf umbrella tree

Latin name: Schefflera arboricola

Family: Aralia - Araliaceae

Origin: Hainan Island (China), Taiwan

This evergreen shrub, with climbing stems, grows up to 4 metres tall. The dark green, glossy, palmate leaves, in clusters of 7 to 9, grow from petioles 10-20 cm. long. The flowers gather at the end of a complex inflorescence, a panicle with small umbels (umbrella-shaped flower heads). The fruits are spherical berries up to 5 mm. in diameter; they are orange but may turn purple or black, on stalks with a length of 3 to 6 mm. It is cultivated in China as a medicinal plant; in countries with climates such as Poland’s, it is a popular potted plant. However, it contains substances that can irritate the skin and mucous membranes.

Schefflera arboricola