Polyscias palmervandenbroekii

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Polyscias palmervandenbroekii


Glabrous shrub, c. 1.5 m, sparsely branched, with leaves spaced along the upper parts of the stems. Leaves imparipinnate, with 3-5 pairs of leaflets, up to 13 cm long; Inflorescence a simple or compound umbel; Petals 5, attenuate, 5-8 mm long. Stamens 5, filaments c. 3 mm, anthers c. 1 mm. Ovary turbinate, striate, 2 mm high, 2-celled, disk projecting as a conical stylopodium (2 mm long). Fruit ovoid, compressed, 6 by 5 mm, crowned by the persistent calyx and the beak-like stylopodium;


Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present, Vogelkop: Arfak Mts present
Malesia: New Guinea (Vogelkop: Arfak Mts).


Collections made since the original description show that this interesting plant is quite variable as regards leaf-shape, texture and amount of rolling of the margin, and also in the size of its flowers. The calyx is purplish brown, the petals reddish purple outside and white within. The ripe fruit is purplish black. The thin papery bark is light grey.


Philipson 1978 – In: Blumea: 171