Common name: Octopus Tree, Queensland Umbrella Tree, Brassaia
Botanical name: Schefflera actinophylla Family: Araliaceae (Aralia family)
Synonyms: Brassaia actinophylla
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. is native to
northern Australia and southeastern New Guinea. This tree has become one of
the most popular of indoor house plants.
Identification credit: Tony Rodd & Dinesh Valke
|Photographed in Bangalore.|