Polyscias philipsonii

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Polyscias philipsonii


A sympodial, unbranched, glabrous shrub or epiphyte to 2 m high, with leaves spirally arranged towards the apex, new shoots arising below the inflorescence. Leaves imparipinnate, or occasionally 3 leaflets inserted together, or the leaves bipinnate, up to 35 cm long; Inflorescence a corymb; Petals 5, triangular, 2 mm long. Stamens 5, anthers oblong, 1 mm long. Ovary turbinate, c. 2 mm high, 5-celled, the fleshy disk rising to the 5 central erect styles. Fruit fleshy, globose, 5-ribbed when dry, c. 4 by 6 mm, styies persistent, recurved.


Asia-Tropical, Idenburg R present, West New Guinea present
Malesia: West New Guinea (Idenburg R.).


The short corymbose inflorescence is similar to that in sect. Palmervandenbroekia, but the free recurved style arms exclude it from that section.
The shrub is variable in aspect, and may grow as an epiphyte or as an undershrub. The panicle branches are described as purple and the flowers as green.


Philipson 1978 – In: Blumea: 170