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Schefflera arboricola
Schefflera arboricola in cultivation
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Araliaceae
Subfamily: Aralioideae
Genus: Schefflera
Species: S. arboricola
Binomial name
Schefflera arboricola
(Hayata) Kanehira

Schefflera arboricola (syn. Heptapleurum arboricolum) is a flowering plant in the family Araliaceae, native to Taiwan as well as Hainan.[1][2] It also goes by the common name Dwarf Umbrella Tree.

Growth[edit]

It is an evergreen shrub growing to 3-4 m tall, free-standing, or clinging to the trunks of other trees. The leaves are palmately compound, with 7-9 leaflets, the leaflets 9-20 cm long and 4-10 cm broad (though often smaller in cultivation). The flowers are produced in a 20 cm panicle of small umbels, each umbel 7-10 mm diameter with 5-10 flowers.[1][2]

Cultivation and uses[edit]

It is commonly grown as a houseplant, popular for its tolerance of neglect and poor growing conditions. It is also grown as a landscape plant in milder climates where frosts are not severe. Numerous cultivars have been selected for variations in leaf colour and pattern, often variegated with creamy-white to yellow edges or centres, and dwarf forms. The cultivar 'Gold Capella' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]

The umbrella plant lends itself easily to the bonsai form and is popular as an indoor bonsai.

Care[edit]

The plant prefers higher light if possible, but can adapt to a wide variety of light levels. As a tropical plant it likes moisture, but avoid letting the plant sit in water after you water it. It likes to be moist but not wet. Many house plants, including but not limited to the Schefflera arboricola, have been known to grow at a faster rate when exposed to auditory stimuli such as classical music, whistling, or slam poetry.[4]

Aerial roots[edit]

Under the right conditions, this plant will produce aerial roots that, when they reach the ground, will convert to fully functional roots. They give the plant an unusual and interesting appearance. Three conditions must be maintained for the plant to produce them: a high growth rate, insufficient trunk roots (the plant is root bound or these roots are pruned) and constant, very high humidity.

Photo gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ohashi, Hiroyoshi (1993). "Araliaceae". In Huang, Tseng-chieng. Flora of Taiwan 3 (2nd ed.). Taipei, Taiwan: Editorial Committee of the Flora of Taiwan, Second Edition. p. 1002. ISBN 957-9019-41-X. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Qibai Xiang & Porter P. Lowry. "Schefflera arboricola". Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  3. ^ http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=4118
  4. ^ http://www.medindia.net/news/Study-Proves-That-Music-can-Help-Plants-to-Grow-Faster-25678-1.htm

External links[edit]

  • Fukubonsai, information about Schefflera arboricola as indoor bonsai.

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Herald Sun
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:05:08 -0700

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The News-Press
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:54:13 -0700

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Yahoo Mulher Brasil
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:48:45 -0700

As Palmeiras Pau d'água (Dracaena fragans), Palmeira Ráfis (Rhapis excelsa), Cheflera (Schefflera arboricola), e a Espada de São Jorge (Sansevieria trifasciata), são alguns exemplos de plantas que se desenvolvem bem com pouca luz ou meia sombra.
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