Taxon: Schefflera actinophylla (Endl.) Harms

Genus: Schefflera
Family: Araliaceae
  Subfamily: Aralioideae
Nomen number: 70641
Place of publication: H. G. A. Engler & K. A. E. Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(8):36. 1894
Name Verified on: 13-Sep-1989 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 19-Sep-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Australian cabbagetree  (Source: Weeds SAfr 2001) - English
  • Australian umbrella-tree  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • octopus-tree  (Source: F Viti) - English
  • Queensland umbrella-tree  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • umbrella-tree  (Source: F Viti) - English
  • Australiese kiepersol  (Source: Weeds SAfr 2001) - Afrikaans
  • arbre ombrelle  (Source: pers. comm.) - French
  • Queensland-Strahlenaralie  (Source: Zander Ency) - German
  • árvore-guarda-chuva  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • árvore-polvo  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • cheflera  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • palmaralia  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (often grown indoors fide Dict Gard; Invasive Pl Spec)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Rep NCEPPC; Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Tropical

    • Malesia: Indonesia - Moluccas
    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia - Northern Territory, - Queensland

  • Naturalized:

  • Northern America

    • : United States
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Campbell, F. T., ed. Report of National Coalition of Exotic Plant Pest Councils. 1995 (unpublished draft) (Rep NCEPPC)
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. 1959- (F China)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. 2008 (Zander Ency)
  • Fouché, J.-G. 1999. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Frodin, D. G. 1975. Studies in Schefflera (Araliaceae): the Cephaloschefflera complex J. Arnold Arbor. 56:436.
  • Govaerts, R. & D. G. Frodin World checklist and bibliography of Araliaceae. 2004 (L Araliaceae)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Harden, G. J., ed. Flora of New South Wales. 1990-1993 (F NSWales)
  • Henderson, L. Alien weeds and invasive plants: a complete guide to declared weeds and invaders in South Africa. Plant Protection Research Institute, Handbook 12. 2001 (Weeds SAfr 2001)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Smith, A. C. Flora vitiensis nova. 1979-1991 (F Viti)
  • Weber, E. Invasive plant species of the world: a reference guide to environmental weeds. 2003 (Invasive Pl Spec)


Check other web resources for Schefflera actinophylla (Endl.) Harms :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image