African Plant Database

Schefflera volkensii (Harms) Harms
Protologue : Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(8): 36, fig. 7 (1898)
Information on the genus : Schefflera
Basionym : Heptapleurum volkensii Harms
Status for TA : rejected (present), is synonym of : Astropanax volkensii (Harms) Lowry, G. M. Plunkett & al.
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Brassaia volkensii (Harms) Hutch. (1967)
 Heptapleurum volkensii Harms (1894)
 Astropanax volkensii (Harms) Lowry, G. M. Plunkett & al. (2017)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Scandent shrub, sometimes spreading and much branched, or tree to 24-30 m tall, epiphytic at first; leaves digitately compound; petiole to 13-17 cm long, 3,2-3,8 mm Ø; leaflets 4-7, narrowly obovate to broadly elliptic, to 15x7 cm, glabrous.
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Ecology : Rain-forest; dry evergreen forest; mixed Podocarpus forest; sometimes single-dominant in bamboo forest; also secondary evergreen bushland, and left as an isolated tree in farmland; 1550-3600 m alt.
  Used as an ornamental and as shade tree for coffee farms.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1968). Flora of Tropical East Africa Araliaceae: 21-22

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1992). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Chrysobalanaceae à Apiaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 2: 234
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 88 (2006).
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Record n°5408 modified 2009-02-09
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