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Family Araliaceae
Schefflera piperoidea
Schefflera piperoidea Elmer

Scientific names Common names
Schefflera piperoidea Elm. No local name
Quisumbing's compilation lists Schefflera piperoidea Elm. and Scheffler trifoliata Merr. & Rolfe as separate species. Some compilations list them as synonyms.

Gen info
Schefflera are shrubs or trees, sometimes climbers or epiphytes, usually with palmately compound leaves. Several recent phylogenetic studies have shown Schefflera is clearly polyphyletic, and that the Asian species belong to sa single, well supported, morphologically coherent clade, which might have to be transferred to some other genera. (1)

There are nearly 1100 species widely distributed in the tropics and subtropics of both hemispheres; about 5 or 6 species endemic in the Philippines.

Schefflera piperoidea is an epiphytic vine with soft wood. Leaves are few, found towards the ends of branches, and compound with three leaflets. Leaflets are elliptical, about 15 centimeters or more in length, and pointed at both ends. Inflorescences always terminate a branch. At the end of such a branch are 1 to 3 or even 5 racemes on which the flowers or fruits are borne in round clusters.

- Only in primary forests at low and medium altitudes in the Laguna and Quezon provinces in Luzon, and in Polillo.

- In the Philippines, species used as a tonic for mothers after childbirth.

No studies found.


January 2012

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Schefflera (Genus) / Overview / ZipcodeZoo

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