Schefflera heterophylla (PROSEA)

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Schefflera heterophylla (Wallich ex G. Don) Harms


Protologue: Engl. & Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(8): 38 (1894).

Synonyms

Heptapleurum junghuhniana (Miq.) Seem. (1865), Schefflera junghuhniana (Miq.) Harms (1894), Schefflera curtisii (King) Ridley (1922).

Vernacular names

  • Malaysia: akar chabang lima, seregang (Peninsular)
  • Thailand: khan haam suea (Nakhon Si Thammarat).

Distribution

Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Java.

Uses

A decoction of the leaves is given after childbirth.

Observations

A large scrambling shrub; leaves 2-3 times palmately 3-5-foliolate, petiole 9-20 cm long, leaflets ovate to elliptical, 3.5-15 cm × 2-4.5 cm, oblique at base, long acuminate at apex, entire or with some coarse teeth above the middle, stellate-hairy when young; inflorescence branches about as long as the main axis, up to 30 cm long; flowers 8-14 in each umbellule, 5-6-merous. S. heterophylla occurs in lowland to lower montane primary forest, up to 1700 m altitude.

Selected sources

97, 202, 1126, 1380, 1564.

Authors

Nguyen Tap & M.S.M. Sosef