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Schefflera actinophylla (octopus tree)

Synonyms: Aralia longipes; Brassaia actinophylla; Brassaia singaporensis

Wikipedia Abstract

Schefflera actinophylla is a tree in the Araliaceae family. It is native to tropical rainforests and gallery forests in Australia (eastern Queensland and the Northern Territory), New Guinea and Java. Common names include Queensland umbrella tree, octopus tree and amate.
View Wikipedia Record: Schefflera actinophylla

Invasive Species

The ornamental tree Schefflera actinophylla has been introduced to numerous regions. Reaching between 20 and 30 metres in height, its many fruits are actively spread by frugivorous birds. Schefflera actinophylla is capable of forming monospecific stands and is considered to be very invasive in tropical and subtropical areas.
View ISSG Record: Schefflera actinophylla


Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Specific Gravity [4]  0.413
Structure [2]  Tree

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Big Cypress National Preserve V 732120 Florida, United States
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Kakadu National Park II 4744348 Northern Territory, Australia


Ceroplastes rubens (pink wax scale)[5]
Chrysomphalus dictyospermi (dictyospermum scale)[6]
Coccus hesperidium <Unverified Name>[7]
Conchaspis angraeci[5]
Eucalymnatus tessellatus (tessellated scale)[5]
Hemiberlesia lataniae (latania scale)[5]
Maconellicoccus hirsutus (pink hibiscus mealybug)[5]
Phenacoccus madeirensis (Mexican mealybug)[5]
Protopulvinaria pyriformis (pyriform scale)[5]
Pseudococcus longispinus (long tailed mealybug)[7]
Pulvinaria psidii (green shield scale)[5]
Saissetia coffeae (brown scale)[7]


S. New Guinea to N. Australia; S. New Guinea, N. Australia;



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
4Chave J, Coomes D, Jansen S, Lewis SL, Swenson NG, Zanne AE (2009) Towards a worldwide wood economics spectrum. Ecology Letters 12: 351-366. Zanne AE, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Coomes DA, Ilic J, Jansen S, Lewis SL, Miller RB, Swenson NG, Wiemann MC, Chave J (2009) Data from: Towards a worldwide wood economics spectrum. Dryad Digital Repository.
5Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
6Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
7New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Plant-SyNZ™ database
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