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  1. Family: Araliaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Polyscias J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.
      1. Polyscias albersiana Harms

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Mozambique.


    Araliaceae, J. F. M. Cannon. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    A tree up to 20 m., with a regularly branched axis and with pale greyish bark, especially in the younger parts.
    Leaves in terminal or subterminal groups, imparipinnate, up to 60 cm. long with 7–11 pairs of lanceolate to ovate, chartaceous to coriaceous leaflets.
    Leaflets up to 13 × 5·5 cm.; margins entire, slightly reflexed; apices shortly and bluntly acuminate to long and narrowly acuminate; bases rounded to cordate.
    Inferior surface glabrous to mealy with a stellate pubescence; superior surface glabrous, somewhat glossy.
    Inflorescence of umbellules arranged rather irregularly in racemes grouped in terminal clusters at the ends of branches. Racemes up to 30 cm. long, with the peduncles of the umbellules 1–4·5 cm. long.
    Flowers pale greenish-yellow, with pedicels 3–15 mm. long.
    Stylopodium shallowly conical; styles 2, persistent in fruit.
    Fruit at first ellipsoid, becoming broadly ovoid with maturity, up to 7 mm., distinctly ribbed, glabrous.

    Araliaceae, J. R. Tennant. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

    A tree to 20 m. tall with grey bark and a flattish crown.
    Leaves up to 60 cm. long (sometimes more than double this length on sapling branches), imparipinnate; leaflets 7–11 pairs, chartaceous to coriaceous, lanceolate to ovate or broadly elliptic, frequently ± oblique, up to 13 cm. long by 5.5 cm. wide (sometimes nearly twice as large on saplings), acuminate, cordate to rounded at base, entire to shallowly undulate, stellate-pubescent beneath and sparsely so above when young, glabrescent; petiolules of paired leaflets on mature branches up to 0.8 cm. long, glabrous, but up to 3.5 cm. long and pubescent on sapling branches.
    Inflorescence-branches glabrous or almost so; primaries up to 30 cm. long by 3 mm. diameter; secondaries 1.0–4.5 cm. long by 0.5–1.0 mm. diameter, both orders racemosely borne; tertiaries (pedicels) 3–15 mm. long by 0.3–0.6 mm. diameter in umbellules.
    Flowers greenish-yellow.
    Styles 2, persistent.
    Fruits flattened-ovoid to -ellipsoid, up to 6.5 mm. long, ribbed, glabrous.
    Fig. 4/8, p. 13.
    Upland rain-forest; 1250–2000 m.
    T2 T3 T4 not known elsewhere



    Native to:

    Mozambique, Tanzania


    Other Data

    Polyscias albersiana Harms appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Greenway, P.J. [12592], Tanzania K000239445
    Greenway, P.J. [12592], Tanzania K000239446
    Greenway, P.J. [12592], Tanzania K000239447
    Drummond, R.B. [2807], Tanzania K000239437
    Drummond, R.B. [2807], Tanzania K000239438
    Drummond, R.B. [2807], Tanzania K000239439
    Drummond, R.B. [2807], Tanzania K000239440
    Drummond, R.B. [2807], Tanzania K000239441
    Drummond, R.B. [2807], Tanzania K000239442
    Drummond, R.B. [2807], Tanzania K000239443
    Drummond, R.B. [2807], Tanzania K000239444
    Pocs, T. [88281], Tanzania K000239448
    Pocs, T. [88281], Tanzania K000239449
    Rawcliffe, W.B. [58], Tanzania K000239436


    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 33: 182 (1901)

    Accepted by

    • Frodin, D.G. & Govaerts, R. (2003 publ. 2004). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araliaceae: 1-444. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 60 (1949).
    • Harms in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 33: 182 (1902).


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