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Ashwini Vaidya

Apr 16, 2008, 5:59:45 AM4/16/08
Hello all

This tree was flowering in Sanjeevaiah Park in Hyd. Can you help with the ID?



Apr 16, 2008, 6:11:40 AM4/16/08
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This is Octopus Tree (Schefflera actinophylla)
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J.M. Garg

Apr 16, 2008, 8:10:01 AM4/16/08
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It's lovely to simply know such trees!!!
Here are some extracts from Wikipedia link:

Schefflera actinophylla (syn. Brassaia actinophylla) is a tree in the Araliaceae family. It is native to tropical rainforests in Australia (eastern Queensland and the Northern Territory), New Guinea and Java. Common names include Umbrella Tree and Octopus Tree.

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 epiphyte on other rainforest trees.[1] It produces racemes up to 2 metres (6.5 feet) long containing up to 1,000 small dull red flowers. Flowering begins in early summer and typically continues for several months.

Schefflera actinophylla is commonly grown in mild to warm climates as a decorative tree in larger gardens and, when mature, it has bright red spikes of flowers with up to 20 racemes which develop in summer or early autumn.
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