Schefflera wallichiana (Wight & Arn.) Harms, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(8): 38 1894. (syn: Aralia wallichiana (Wight & Arn.) D.Dietr.; Heptapleurum wallichianum (Wight & Arn.) Seem.; Paratropia wallichiana Wight & Arn.);
E Himalaya, NE & S India as per BSI Flora of India checklist ; 

Trees; upto 12 m; bark 5-8 mm thick, surface grey, rough; branchlets 2 cm thick. Leaves digitately, compound, alternate, stipulate;. stipules adnate within the petiole, 1.5 cm broad, hyaline; rachis 17-37 cm long, stout, cylindric, glabrous, sheathing at base; petiolule 4-6.5 cm long, whorled, stout; leaflets 5-8, 14-24 x 5-8 cm, oblong or ovate, base subcordate, truncate or round; apex obtusely acuminate or acute; margin entire, coriaceous, glabrous; lateral nerves 10-21 pairs, very slender, nearly horizontal; intercostae obscure. Flowers bisexual, pale green, 6-8 mm across, 12-20 together in umbels on elongate racemes arranged in panicles on short axis; pedicel 7 mm long; calyx truncate; petals 5, valvate, cohering in a cap which is raised by stamens; stamens 5; ovary inferior, syncarpus, cells as many as petals; style absent; stigma sessile. Fruit a berry, 5-6 mm across, globose, 5 angled, crowned with disc; pyrenes 5, 1-seeded.

Flowering and fruiting: April-May
Evergreen forests
South India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
India: Assam, Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu
(Attributions- Dr. Chandra Barooah & Iftikher Ahmed (2014) Assam Science Technology and Environment Council from India Biodiversity Portal)


Northeast Tour 2017::Small tree for id from Cherrapunji : 11 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
This small tree was not accessible to get close up pics, was photographed in June 2017 from Cherrapunji, I think this belongs to Araliaceae..
Your inputs please.. 

It definitely is Araliaceae. But as of now am uncertain about its correct identity.

Pl. check Schefflera species (as per images herein) in particular Schefflera venulosa (Wight & Arn.) Harms

I am tempted to go with S. wallichiana. Kindly check the attached literature photos
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As I could not record close pics, exact identification is not easy. I can only say, this does not look like Schefflera venulosa to me..and I cannot see the pics/references by … in support of S. wallichiana, it will be good if they are shared again..

I will also like to go with … for Schefflera wallichiana as per the following:
Biotik  GBIF  Wikispecies


Kindly examine and identify this Tree…Could this be a Schefflera sp……? 

Habit: A medium sized tree. 

Habitat: Wild,Evergreen forest 

Sighting: Near Chikmagalur,Karnataka,about 1000 msl 

Date: 24-03-2016  and 25-03-2016

Appears so. Pl. check  /species/a—l/ar/araliaceae/schefflera 

It looks like Schefflera roxburghii of Araliaceae; reasons- leaflets 5-7, coriaceous, apex acute, margin entire; flowers pale yellow in umbellate cymes that are on terminal branched panicles

I do not know why I am having doubts about Schefflera roxburghii after seeing the following images/ specimen: one, two, three, and four

it is definitely Schefflera, species may be different

Might be Schefflera sp.

Schefflera wallichiana (Wight & Arn.) Harms ??

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

I think it will be Schefflera wallichiana (Wight & Arn.) Harms, as per images and details herein and as per keys in Flora of Peninsular India.


362 ID wild tree Schefflera: 18 high res. images.
Please ID wild tree,
Location: near Vannappuram, Thodupuzha, Idukki Dist., Kerala PIN:685607
Altitude: 1500fsl
Flower date: 10JUN2022, 03.05pm

Habitat: wild moisture, shady rocky misty hill, rooted in rock crack
Plant habit: rock tree, erect branches, hard stem 35 inches base circumference, rough silver bark
Height: 06 meters
Leaves: alternate, palmate up to 09 leaflets, leaflets elliptic, acute, simple glossy size upto:18×9cm
Flower: axillary panicle racemose, clustered, diameter:12mm, greenish, good fragrance
Fruit: berry globular green into black diameter:08mm, edible li
Seed: brown 04 nos., compressed pear shape, size:03×2mm

Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Pl. check

Thank you very much for sharing the link.  It is very close to Schefflera capitata,

Schefflera racemosa (Wight) Harms ??

It is more close to S. capitata. Please check collage: left is S. capitata at EFI and right is of mine,

Please check the number of leaflets. I have no idea !

Yes, it is 09 in number,

I think it will be Schefflera wallichiana (Wight & Arn.) Harms, as per images and details herein and as per keys in Flora of Peninsular India.

… also suggested that ‘wavy margin of leaf indicates that this could be S. racemosa

I think Schefflera racemosa looks different as per specimens at POWO and FoPI.

Ok, thanks for the clarification,


POWO  The Plant List Ver.1.1  WCSP  IPNI  Catalogue of Life  Biotik  Wikispecies  GBIF (with type specimens) BSI Flora of India checklist  Flora of Peninsular India  India Biodiversity Portal  Encyclopedia of Life (Specimen)  A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon -, Volume 10 By M. D. Dassanayake (2017- details with keys)

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