Aralia dasyphylla

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Aralia dasyphylla


Prickly shrub or small tree, often unbranched, to c. 5 m; Leaves forming large rosettes at the summit of the stems, c. 1 m long (or more), bi- or tripinnate, with a pair of leaflets (occasionally pinnate) at each division of the rachis, the petiole, rachis and lateral rachides prickly or unarmed, densely pubescent; Inflorescence a large terminal panicle, 70 cm or more long, densely brown pubescent, rachis bearing several secondary branches c. 30-40 cm long, with ultimate branches arranged racemosely, bracts ligulate, ending in heads of several sessile flowers, surrounded by an involucre of small usually densely pubescent bracts. Fruit globose, c. 3½ mm ø, ribbed when dry.


Asia-Tropical: Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Sumatera (Sumatera present), West and Central Java present, southern China present
Northwards to southern China; in Malesia: Sumatra, Malay Peninsula, West and Central Java.


The capitulate flowers are characteristic (see also under A. javanica). The presence of this species in the Malay Peninsula has often been overlooked, though it extends into southern China. Its variability was discussed by van Steenis (1948, l.c.).


Back. & Bakh.f. 1965 – In: Fl. Java: 170
Y.-R. Ling 1977 – In: Acta Phytotax. Sin.: 86
K. & V. 1900 – In: Bijdr.: 53
Miq. 1916 – In: Atlas: f. 673 A-K
Bakh.f. 1947 – In: Blumea: 367
Bakh. f. & Ooststr. 1948 – In: Back., Bekn. Fl. Java, (em. ed.), 7: fam. 159, p. 18
Steen. 1972: Mt. Fl. Java: pl. 3-1
Koord. 1916 – In: Atlas: f. 673 L-N.
Hui-Lin Li 1942 – In: Sargentia: 20
K. & V. 1900 – In: Bijdr.: 55
Philipson 1977 – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: 98
Ngoc-Sanh Bui 1964 – In: Adansonia: 464
Boerl. 1890 – In: Handl.: 646
Koord. 1912 – In: Exk. Fl. Java: 718
Miq. 1863 – In: Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugd.-Bat.: 9
Steen. 1948 – In: Bull. Bot. Gard. Btzg: 391
Boerl. 1890 – In: Handl.: 646