Common Ivy Palm
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Common Ivy Palm
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Common Ivy Palm
Botanical name: Arthrophyllum diversifolium    Family: Araliaceae (Ivy family)
Synonyms: Arthrophyllum ovalifolium

Common Ivy Palm is a small to medium sized tree. It has large compound leaves arranged in spirals or whorls around the stem. The leaflets, about 20 cm long each, are numerous and arranged in two rows, about 12-14 pairs. The stem is covered in fine golden hairs near the growing tip that are easily scraped off. Old leaves falling off leave leaf scars along the branch. The flowers are green - inflorescence is an umbel, produced near the top of the branch. The fruits are small black berries about 1 cm across and also borne on an umbel.

Identification credit: K. Karthigeyan
Photographed at Mount Harriet, Andaman & Nicobar.
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