S. India, Sri Lanka (as per WCSP)

Straggling shrubs. Leaves digitate; leaflets 3-5, 12 x 8 cm, obovate, apex emarginate or slightly obtuse; petiole 10-15 cm long, sheathing, petiolule to 5 cm. Panicles to 35 cm long; pedicels to 0.7 cm long; calyx tube united with ovary forming a rim; petals 7-8, 3 x 1.5 cm, triangular; stamens 7-8, filaments 1.5 mm; anthers 1.5 mm; ovary seated in the calyx cup; ovary 7-8 celled. Drupe globose.

Flowering and fruiting: April-July
Along banks of streams in evergreen forests
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)|

ANMAY01 Schefflera stellata (Gaertn.) Baill. : 8 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (9)

Family: Araliaceae
Date: 15th May 2016
Place: Savandurga, Ramnagara District, Karnataka

Habit: Tree growing on rocks
Habitat: Scrub forest

JCB: http://florakarnataka.ces.iisc.ernet.in/hjcb2/herbsheet.php?id=453&cat=1

nice details as always. one q: is it native?

yes, it occurs naturally in the dry forests as well as wet forests in the south.

Thanks, … Nice details comparable to …

Saptparni? : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Is this tree Saptparni Alstonia scholaris?
Does its flowers smell has bad effect on asthama patients?

I do not think so. Any other images ?

Yes …, more attached. Its from bangalore, my friend sent me.
Its just 8 feet tree with many branches.

This looks like the Starry Schefflera [S. stellata].

Thank you very much … Looks like a good plant for butterflies n bees.

Pl. also check with images of … for this species at efi thread

Schefflera stellata : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Found in Yelagiri hills of Eastern ghats.

buttress rooted tree FOR ID :: Pookode lake, Wayanad :: 13 NOV 19 : 11 posts by 5 authors. 3 images.
Pookode Lake  Wayanad
Date: November 13, 2019 … Altitude: about 770 m (2,530 ft) asl
… buttress rooted tree
Dear friends,
A massive tree, with whorled leaves, hopefully sufficient to recognize. The local folks said it is rudraksha tree, but I do not think so.

Leaves are of Schefflera, the tree is probably some other species

Trunk reminds me of Ficus drupacea I saw at Periyar Tiger Reserve. In Munnar I saw Scheflera species liana creating confusion as to which leaves were of the host tree !!!

buttress could be many things including Pachira sp

yes, there are several possibilities, so avoiding labelling any name for the tree.

thats the best way

Buttress seems to be that of Tetrameles nudiflora which is quite common in Pookode region of Wayanad. The leaves seem to be of Schefflera, probably straggling on the giant tree.

The tree could be very much Elaeocarpus tuberculatus. The white blotches on bark and the local name suggests so. The leaves seen might be Ficus sp. or Schefflera

Thanks very much … for the most possible ID. The local folks had said the tree was rudraksha.

Appears close to images at S. capitata (Wight & Arn.) Harms as per Biotik.

Thank you very much … for the most possible ID – Schefflera capitata for the whorl-leaved plant. However Schefflera capitata is a tree by habit as described in Biotik. Could it be some other species of Schefflera – which is vine by habit ? Because the buttress rooted tree is Rudraksha (Elaeocarpus sp.) as said by the local folks.

In that case it may be Schefflera stellata as per Biotik and GBIF specimens – onetwo and three.

Ok, thank you very much

I have also taken the photograph of this tree during 2019 (October). I think I have also posted.


Araliaceae: Schefflera venulosa Harms: 1 image.
synonyms: Heptapleurum venulosum (Wight & Arn.) Seem., Paratropia venulosa Wight & Arn.
location/date: University of Agricultural Sciences campus, Bangalore, July 1997

as per keys at Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 3 By T. Pullaiah (2007- details with keys)

Heptapleurum stellatum Gaertn. syn : Schefflera stellata (Gaertn.) Baill. seems ro be the correct name !





The Plant List Ver.1.1 WCSP  IPNI   India Biodiversity Portal  Biotik Wikipedia  Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 3 By T. Pullaiah (2007- details with keys)

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