Polyscias sambucifolia subsp. 2

Ferny Panax

sensu Fl. Victoria 4:254 (1999) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Diffusely branched shrub to 2 m high. Leaves 10–30 cm long; secondary rachises to 20 cm long; primary and secondary rachises may bear wings for all or part of their length, sometimes subtended by a stipel; leaflets linear, elliptic, or occasionally falcate, 15–30(–70) mm long, 5–15 mm wide, margin entire to deeply pinnatifidly lobed; stipels lacking. Inflorescence branched up to the third order (never a primary axis only). Flowers Nov.–Jan.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, MonT, VAlp. Also NSW. Grows in margins of warm-temperate rainforests or in dry open-forest, often on shallow, rocky soils, usually between c. 100 and 500 m altitude, mostly east from Bairnsdale, but with a westerly outlier near Chapple Vale in the Otway Ranges.

Apparent hybrids with subsp. 3 are recorded from areas of overlap, and occasionally from areas not known to contain subsp. 2 (e.g. Strzelecki Range, Wilsons Promontory).

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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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Polyscias sambucifolia subsp. 2 in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Polyscias sambucifolia subsp. 2 in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native