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Umbrella tree

Schefflera actinophylla


S. actinophylla is an evergreen tree growing to 15 m (49 ft) tall. It has compound medium green leaves in groups of seven leaves. It is usually multi-trunked, and the flowers develop at the top of the tree. It often grows as an hemiepiphyte on other rainforest trees. It produces racemes up to 2 m (6.5 ft) long containing up to 1,000 small dull red flowers. Flowering begins in early summer and typically continues for several months. The specific epithet actinophylla means "with radiating leaves".


It is native to tropical rainforests and gallery forests in Australia (eastern Queensland and the Northern Territory), New Guinea and Java.



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El Paso City Limits, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jan 27, 2014
Submitted on Jan 27, 2014

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