Aralia ferox

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Aralia ferox


Spiny shrub or small tree, usually unbranched, to c. 10 m. Leaves forming a large rosette at the summit of the stem, up to c. 1 m long, or shorter below the inflorescence, bi- or tripinnate, with a pair of leaflets (often pinnate) at each division of the rachis, prickly on the petiole, main rachis, and often on the lateral rachides; Inflorescence a large terminal panicle, 25-50 cm long, glabrous, the main rachis rather short, bearing a few lateral or a terminal cluster of branches c. 15-25 cm long; Flowers c. 10-12 per umbellule; Fruit spheroidal, c. 6 by 5 mm, deeply furrowed when dry, the persistent styles radiating.


Asia-Tropical, Central W. Sumatra present, Mt Kerintji present, Mts Gedeh present, Patuha present, Tangkuban Prahu present, W. Java present
Malesia: Central W. Sumatra (Mt Kerintji), W. Java (Mts Gedeh, Patuha and Tangkuban Prahu).


Philipson 1977 – In: Gard. Bull. Sing.: 99
K. & V. 1900 – In: Bijdr.: 49
Miq. 1916 – In: Atlas: f. 671
Back. & Bakh.f. 1965 – In: Fl. Java: 170
Steen. 1948 – In: Bull. Bot. Gard. Btzg: 394
Miq. 1863 – In: Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugd.-Bat.: 9
Koord. 1912 – In: Exk. Fl. Java: 717
Boerl. 1890 – In: Handl.: 629
Miq. 1923 – In: Fl. Tjib.: 229
Bakh.f. & Ooststr. 1948 – In: Back., Bekn. Fl. Java, (em. ed.), 7: fam. 159, p. 18