Schefflera actinophylla (Endl.) Harms, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(8): 36 1894. (syn: Aralia longipes W.Bull; Brassaia actinophylla Endl.; Brassaia singaporensis Ridl.);
Bahamas; Bangladesh; Bermuda; Canary Is.; Christmas I.; Dominican Republic; Florida; Haiti; Hawaii; Leeward Is.; New Guinea; Nicobar Is.; Norfolk Is.; Northern Territory; Puerto Rico; Queensland; Society Is. as per Catalogue of Life;
Octopus Tree, Queensland Umbrella Tree, Brassaia;

Sterculiaceae tree for id 200411MK1:
Please help to id this tree planted as ornamental in a private property at Coimbatore city of Tamilnadu.
Taken in low light and hence the poor picture. Is this any Sterculia sp.?

Date/Time- 15-04-2011 / 06:00 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPca.400asl; Coimbatore, TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- urban [garden]
Plant Habit-tree
Height/Length- 3 m
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 20 x 8 cm
Inflorescence Type/ Size- terminal; 40cm longer
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- reddish

– It belongs to Araliaceae. It commonly cultivated in the Gardens of Balgalore

– This is Schefflera actinophylla (Endl.) Harms. Syn. Brassaia actinophylla Endl.

Octopus Tree

– Also Queensland Umbrella tree, isn’t it?

– Isn’t it called as Australian umbrella tree?


Flowering season of Schefflera actinophylla (UMBRELLA TREE ) is over at Cooch Behar. Fruits have appeared on the scene. Some birds have started visiting. Attaching an image of Bluethroated Barbet on the fruits of Umbrella Tree.

Attaching an image of a Common Mime butterfly on the flower of Bottlebrush. I have recorded 10 situations of symbiosis with Common Mime. The score of Bottlebrush is 13 butterflies..


Tree identification- tree with floppy leaves:
Date- 01/04/2012
Location- Cox Town, Bangalore
What is this tree please?

… most probably the umbrella tree, native of Australia… Schefflera actinophylla syn. Brassaia actinophylla (family: Araliaceae).


brassia actinophylla flower close up:
I Found this beautiful brassia actinophylla tree in full bloom i got chance to click some close up photos hope all of you like it.

for more collection of brassia actinophylla please visit Link


Bagalore – RA – Schefflera Actinophylla – Octopus Tree:
Octopus Tree is an erect shrub or small tree growing up to 12 m tall. The tree grows with multiple trunks, each topped with a small crown of large showy leaves. 
The compound leaves form an umbrella shaped rosette which gives the tree the common name Umbrella Tree. The flowers of this tree are even more amazing than the tree. Ten to fifteen long stalks of bright red flowers appear right on top of the tree. These racemes can be up to 2 m long. The flowers are followed by round dark berries. 
Many people grow Octopus Tree as a house plant where it stays in a small, rarely exceeding a couple feet in height, and never blooming.
This tree has become one of the most popular of indoor house plants.
It is native to northern Australia and southeastern New Guinea.
Ref. Flowers of India

Thanks for sharing this tree in flowering phase.
Schefflera Actinophylla
Commonly known as Australian umbrella tree.
Family Araliaceae


Australian Umbrella (Schefflera actinophylla) from Versova, Mumbai :  Attachments (4).  9 posts by 6 authors.
Sharing few photographs of Australian Umbrella Tree.
Botanical Name: Schefflera actinophylla
Location: Versova (Andheri) -Mumbai
Date/Time: 19-04-2013 / 09:00AM

Yes, it is Schefflera actinophylla from Araliaceae family !!
Beautiful set of flowers n inflorescence !!
Now, would like to see d fruit pics also 🙂

Yes, waiting eagerly for the fruits. I haven’t seen them before.

Yes a popular ornamental.
Dark green beautiful foliage and the inflorescence are lovely

Also known as Octopus tree

One tree is also planted in Forest Research Institute Dehradun behind main building. They call it “Trayodashparni” based on 13 leaflets in leaves.

Yes … I had seen that beautiful tree from FRI, Deharadun way back in 2009. I m posting that photo here.

Schefflera actinophylla ( Australian Umbrella Tree) Fruits : Attachments (4).  4 posts by 3 authors.
Posting photos of Schefflera actinophylla (Australian Umbrella Tree/ Octopus Tree)
Fruits showing various stages.

Thanks for sharing these nice pics …

Thanks … and yes, I forgot to mention the location.The photos were taken at Versova, Mumbai in last month (May’13).


SYMBIOSIS : 771 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching an image of Red Vented Bulbul visiting flowers of Schefflera actinophylla (UMBRELLA TREE)

SYMBIOSIS : 772 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching an image of a White Eye on the flowers of Schefflera actinophylla (UMBRELLA TREE).

Images by tspkumar



It is my pleasure to share few images of Schefflera actinophylla (Araliaceae 

Habit: Tree 

Habitat: Cultivated 

Sighting: Tiptur, Tumkur, Karnataka, about 800 msl 

Date: 18-05-2014, 20-02-2015, 22-02-2015 and 03-04-2015


Attaching an image of Redvented Bulbul on the flowers of Schefflera actinophylla , commonly known as Umbrella Tree.
The tree is in bloom at this time. One can see Sunbirds, Bulbuls and buuterflies on the flowers.


Attaching an image of a Scarlet Sunbird ( Male ), on the flowers of Schefflera actinophyla ( commonly known as Umbrella Tree. You can see very interesting activities of Scarlet Sunbird, Purple Sunbird and Bulbuls on the flowers of this tree.


Attaching an image of a Peacock Pansy butterfly, on the flowers of Schefflera actinophylla. You can see bee in the same image. In fact lot many bees visit these flowers.

Nice picture. The bee is an Apis dorsata, I think.

Attaching an image of Common Crow butterfly on the flowers of Schefflera actinophylla. This tree is commonly known as Umbrella tree.

Attaching an image of a Common Grass yellow butterfly on the flowers of Schefflera actionophylla ( UMBRELLA TREE ).

Attaching an image of Tailed Jay butterfly on the flowers of Schefflera actinophylla ( UMBRELLA TREE ).


Attaching an image of Bluethroated Barbet eating fruit of Scefflera actinophylla.


Attaching an image of a male Koel on the fruits of Scefflera actinophylla.

Fwd: RABINDRA SANGIT : BEE – 7 : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Here is translation of another song by Rabindranath Tagore (translated by Rumela Semgupta).

This flower is of Schefflera actinophylla (UMBRELLA TREE)


For Id 110608JM : 4 images.
On 8/6/08 at NTR Gardens, Hyderabad, AP. Seems to be a decorative tree with beautiful foliage.


Uploading photographs of woody plant displayed in Delhi University Flower show on 25 February, 2011.
Place: Delhi University campus
Alt: 213 m
Habitat: cultivated in pots
Date: 25-2-2011
Height: About 1 m
Inflorescence: a broad panicle
Leaf: Palmate compound
Flower: small, red, 3-4 mm across, stamens 5

– Is it Schefflera actinophylla ?

– Yes .., I think you are right

– I would have been happy to photograph this threatened species endemic to Ganjam district, but I am afraid S. roxburghii has much longer petioles and petiolules and the flowers  are white or greenish white.

Schefflera venulosa var. venulosa and var. roxburghii, both are Jharkhand and I have seen one of them here in Uttarakhand and then Chattishgarh too and during my recent trip to south too.. Dont know the difference between them. Earlier var. roxburghii was actually a different species, S. roxburghii, and it is reported in the Flora of Madras Presidency.

– Kew List recognises S. roxburghii as recognised species with Schefflera venulosa var. roxburghii (Gamble) K.K.Khanna as its synonym.

I read that it is listed as threatened species.

– So both Schefflera venulosa and S. roxburghii are accepted and both are found. Please recheck your link, it shows LEAST CONCERNED and not Threatened!!
Haines reported both plants from Bihar and Orissa and Clarke too. I have seen many plants but never could differentiate. Hence Schefflera venulosa cant be endemic to south India.


Revisiting Schefflera sp. 130311GS1 for ID from Delhi:
This plant was uploaded by me last year, and … suggested Schefflera venulosa var. roxburghii
efi thread
The species was described in Flora of British India under Heptapleurum venulosum, now placed under Schefflera with three accepted names, and our plant (as also one on Flowers of India as Schefflera elliptica) could belong to any of these three: Schefflera elliptica (Blume) Harms, Schefflera pubigera (syn: S. bengalensis Gamble) or S. roxburghii (S. venulosa var. roxburghii (Gamble) K K Khanna). Can any member help me with differences in these three species, and fix identity of this plant.

Fwd: SCHEFFLERA ACTINOPHYLLA : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Schefflera actinophylla (UMBRELLA TREE/ OCTOPUS TREE). I saw this tree for the first time in Bangalore in 1994 and the flowers impressed me. In 1997 I got some saplings of this plant from Bangalore and put it in our garden. We saw the flowers of that tree in 2005. This tree can be propagated easily by cuttings. I put number of plants in different institutes at Cooch Behar and they are doing well. The flowers attract butterflies, sun birds and bees.

Fwd: OBSERVATION: PREFERENCE OF FLOWERS BY BEE : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
I am working on symbiosis (flowers/ butterflies/ bee) for more than ten years. I find bees prefer flowers of Schefflera actinophylla (UMBRELLA TREE/ OCTOPUS TREE) over other flowers. At present the following plants are in bloom in the area of my observation,
( a ) Saraca asoca (ASHOK)
( b ) Schefflera actinophylla
( c ) Clerodendrum speciosum
( d ) Santalum album (CHANDAN)
( e ) Aerides odorata (Orchid)
( f ) Lagerstroemia indica (CRAPE MYRTLE)
But I find bees are visiting flowers of Schefflera actinophylla in large number but the other flowers have hardly any visitor.
Attaching five collages of the event.

here is some evidence that some constituents of the nectar like nicotine like or caffeine like substances make the honey bee remember a plant for up to three days.

there are scientific papers, but here is a news item i can get on the net to read in toto
i thought you may like to know.
Another buzz for bees

Blooms are more memorable when their nectar contains caffeine


MAR 24, 2013 — 1:00 PM EST
I have searched extensively to find if schefflera flower nectar contains caffeine

or such chemical compound, but have not made any headway yet.
but most plants that make such compounds put them first in the roots or leaves, so to save them from being eaten, because they are then bitter.
some bitter nectar makes the bees fly off and search for another flower on the same tree, hoping to find sweet only nectar.
that’s the theory.
Interesting conundrum.


Fwd: COMMON CROW WITH SPREAD WINGS : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Please refer to symbiosis 1136. … wanted an image of Common Crow butterfly with open wings. I sent her one. She wanted me to send it to efloraoindia, she might have asked for an image. I am attaching an image.

SYMBIOSIS 1210 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching an image of Crimson Sun bird visiting flowers of Schefflera actinophylla (UMBREIIL TREE)

SYMBIOSIS : 1222 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Red vented Bulbul visiting flowers of Scefflera actinophylla. (UMBRELLA TREE)

SYMBIOSIS : 1282 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of bee visiting flowers of Schefflera actinophylla (UMBRELLA TREE).

SYMBIOSIS : 1285 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Common Sailer visiting flowers of Scefflera actinophylla (UMBRELLA TREE/ OCTOPUS TREE)


Identification of tree- 240822GS1: 3 high res. images.
Posting again as clubbed with another post, due to same subject:
please identify this tree, is it Heptapleurum actinophyllum

Was it planted ? where ?- In Delhi ?
Appears close to images at Schefflera actinophylla

I am also with … Schefflera actinophylla (Endl.) Harms Umbrella tree

yes Sir, it was in Sundar Nursery, a mid sized tree or kind of shrub

Agree . Didn’t realise the name was changed to HEPTAPLEURUM ACTINOPHYLLUM. Have updated all my pics to show old and new name.


SK 3711 01 April 2023: 3 very high res. images

Location: The Oberoi, Bengaluru, India
Date: 25 March 2023
Altitude: 940m.
Habitat : Cultivated
Schefflera ID ??

Heptapleurum actinophyllum


Yes, as per images at




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