Schefflera venulosa

Schefflera venulosa (Wight & Arn.) Harms  (ARALIACEAE)

Description:  Large stragglers/climbing glabrous shrubs with grey shining bark. Leaves digitate or palmately compound, crowded at the ends of branchlets; leaflets 3-7 (commonly 5) elliptic-oblong or elliptic-ovate, 7-19 x 5-9 cm rounded at base, acuminate at apex, coriaceous, glabrous; petioles 7-20 cm long, stout; petiolules 2.5-5 cm long; stipules connate. Flowers in ca 25 cm long terminal branched panicles, with a number of stalked 8-12 flowered umbellules along a glabrous purple rachis. Calyx truncate, lobes 5. Petals 5, greenish-white. Stamens 5, inserted around disc; filaments short. Disc concave or conical. Ovary 5-locular; style short or 0; stigma sessile. Fruit a 5-angled drupe, subglobose, ca 6 mm long, brownish-black. Seeds 5, laterally compressed.

Flowering & Fruiting: March – June.

Distribution: India: Throughout. Common in moist deciduous to evergreen forests ofWestern Ghats. Indo-china, Myanmar, Malaya, Tropical Australia.