Flower Database

Octopus tree

Basic information
Flower Name
Octopus tree
Formal Name
Schefflera actinophylla
Alias
OctopusTree, Brassaia, Australia umbrella tree, Queensland umbrella tree
Habitat
Australia and New Guinea
Morph
Evergreen mature trees
Comment
Octopus tree (scientific name: Schefflera actinophylla) is an evergreen middle tall tree of the genus Schefflera in the family Araliaceae native to Australia and New Guinea. It is the origin of the name that made a tree figure like an octopus with about 1,000 dark red florets like an octopus wart in a stick-like branch (general inflorescences) that jumped out radially on the tree. There are white and yellow in flower color,too. It will take 20 years until the flowers come into bloom.
Common name: Octopus tree, Scientific name: Schefflera actinophylla, Synonym: Brassaia actinophylla, aka: Brassaia , Umbrella Tree, Rubber Tree, Australia umbrella tree, Queensland umbrella tree, He'e (Hawaiian name), Origin: Australia and New Guinea, tree height: 15 m, leaves: palmiform compound leaves, inflorescence Shape: inflorescence, inflorescences length: 2 m, flower color: dark red, white and yellow, flowering period: May to August.
Detailed information
Order
Apiales
Family
Araliaceae
Genus
Schefflera
Species
S. actinophylla
Flower type
Actinomorphic Flower
Flower array
Racemous Inflorescence
Petal shape
5petals
Leaf type
Palmate-Compound Leaf
Leaf edge
Entire Fringe
Flowering place
(sub-) Tropical area
Color
Red, Yellow, White
Season
May Jun Jul Aug
Height
800  ~ 1500  [cm]
Diameter
1  ~ 2