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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa to Pacific.
Polyscias filicifolia

[FTEA]

Araliaceae, J. R. Tennant. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 0

Morphology General Habit
Trees
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate, more than once pinnately compound or pari- or imparipinnate, glabrous or pubescent with simple or stellate hairs Leaflets simple with margin generally either entire or nearly so, or sometimes pinnately compound or pinnatisect
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules present or absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences paniculate, glabrous to densely tomentose, sometimes branching in a very orderly racemose manner (species 1–3); ultimate branches (pedicels) arranged in racemules or umbellules; pedicels (except in P. stuhlmannii var. inarticulata) articulate just below the flower
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers with calyx-margin repando-5-dentate to subentire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk nearly flat, slightly convex or conically raised
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary bilocular or (in P. stuhlmannii) 5-locular; styles 2, connivent at base, or (in P. stuhlmannii) 5, free or nearly so
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit laterally compressed or practically terete
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds laterally compressed, ellipsoidal, fluted or smooth; endosperm non-ruminate.

[FZ]

Araliaceae, J. F. M. Cannon. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Trees, often tall and with noticeably regular branching.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate, pinnately compound (bipinnate outside our area), glabrous to densely tomentose with stellate (or simple) hairs. Leaflets simple (or divided in species outside our area), more or less entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence paniculate, regularly compound, racemosely branched in species of our area, the ultimate divisions of racemules or umbellules.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx forming a shallow cup, subentire or shallowly 5-toothed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals and stamens 5; stylopodium not well developed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 2-locular (sometimes 5-locular in other areas); styles 2 (or 5), divergent for nearly all their length.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit terete (or slightly compressed).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds rounded or laterally compressed, ellipsoid, smooth or sometimes ribbed; endosperm non-ruminate.

Native to:

Andaman Is., Angola, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Burundi, Cabinda, Cambodia, Cameroon, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Gilbert Is., Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hawaii, India, Jawa, Kenya, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Maluku, Marianas, Marquesas, Mauritius, Mozambique, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New South Wales, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Is., Northern Territory, Philippines, Queensland, Rodrigues, Rwanda, Réunion, Samoa, Santa Cruz Is., Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Society Is., Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Tanzania, Tasmania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu, Victoria, Vietnam, Wallis-Futuna Is., Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Bahamas, Bangladesh, China Southeast, Christmas I., Cook Is., Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Hainan, Haiti, Honduras, Leeward Is., Line Is., Marshall Is., Myanmar, Nauru, Pitcairn Is., Puerto Rico, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Tuvalu, Venezuelan Antilles, Wake I.

Polyscias J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Wheatley, J.I. [686], Vanuatu 55000.000
Du Puy, B. [MB216], Madagascar 57371.000
6049.168
DuPuy, B. [MB 513], Madagascar 63269.000
DuPuy, B. [MB 504], Madagascar 63569.000

First published in Char. Gen. Pl.: 63 (1776)

Accepted by

  • Frodin, D.G. & Govaerts, R. (2003 publ. 2004). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araliaceae: 1-444. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lowry II, P.P. & Plunkett, G.M. (2010). Recircumscription of Polyscias (Araliaceae) to include six related genera, with a new infrageneric classification and a synopsis of species Plant Diversity and Evolution 128: 55-84.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Char. Gen. 63 (1776)
  • Harms in E. & P. Pflanzenfam. 3, 8: 43 (1894).

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Char. Gen. Pl.: 63, t. 32 (1776)
  • emend. Harms in Engl. & Prantl, Pflanzenfam. 3, 8: 43 (1894).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Char. Gen.: 63, t. 32 (1776)
  • emend. Harms in E. & P. Pf. 3 (8): 43 (1894)

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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