Polyscias jacobsii

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Polyscias jacobsii


A monocaulous sympodial shrub to 3 m high, with leaves spaced along the upper part of the stem, young parts furfuraceous. Leaves imparipinnate, 4-5 pairs of leaflets (leaves of juveniles smaller with fewer leaflets), c. 45 cm long; Inflorescence a compound umbel (stem growth renewed by a bud between the inflorescence and the uppermost leaf); Petals 5, attenuated. Stamens 3 mm long, anthers 1.5 mm long. Ovary subcylindric, furfuraceous, 4 mm high, 2-celled, disk forming a projecting conical stylopodium (1.5 mm long at anthesis), stigmas 2. Fruit rotund, compressed, 8 by 9 mm, crowned by the small calyx and the persistent stylopodium (2 mm long) with sub- capitate stigmas.


Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present, Papua: Mt Bosavi present
Malesia: New Guinea (Papua: Mt Bosavi). Only known from the type.


An aromatic, single-stemmed shrub. The flowers are white and the fruit dark purple.