Polyscias sambucifolia (Sieber ex DC.) Harms

Pflanzenfam. III 8: 45 (1894) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Glabrescent, much-branched, often root-suckering shrub or small tree to c. 6 m high. Leaves sessile, very variable in form, 1- or 2-(rarely 3-)pinnate, with 2–10 pairs of sessile or petiolulate leaflets, commonly glaucous on lower surface; major leaflets and secondary rachises sometimes subtended by stipels; petiolules to 2.5 cm long. Inflorescence a compound panicle or rarely a simple umbel, umbels terminating all inforescence branches. Flowers bisexual or male; calyx a rim with 5 minute teeth; petals 5, cream to light green or greenish-yellow, sometimes united apically; styles 2 or 3, free, ovary 2- or 3-locular. Fruit globose, mauve to translucent steely blue when ripe, edible.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, WPro.

There are 3 subspecies in Victoria.

Source: Henwood, M.J.; Makinson, R.O.; Maling, K.L. (1999). Araliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-19
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Araliaceae
genus Polyscias
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Polyscias sambucifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Polyscias sambucifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory