這鹅掌柴屬植物又稱放射鹅掌藤。原產澳洲，英文俗名除了有 umbrella tree 外還有可愛的「octopus tree 章魚樹」，指的是開花時花枝在樹頂漫伸如章魚爪。再想，結了果的枝條，不也像紅翠的珊瑚。
you won’t miss this tree this season as it flowers and fruit. as one of its ‘cute’ common names ‘octopus tree’ suggests, the red “inflorescence consists of small red flowers in compact umbels that appear on long stalks (to 2’) radiating out like the tentacles of an octopus” (missorui botanic garden). when this picture is taken, the tree is fruiting. the stalks are full of attractive little drupes that look like coral to me.
this plant is also commonly known as ‘umbrella tree’ because its leaflets radiate out in an umbrella fashion. it is evergreen and native to australia but it is widely distribute in southern china and asia too in the subtropical and tropical areas.
傘樹 umbrella tree / octopus tree (schefflera actinophylla) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked 未分級): angiosperms 被子植物門 |(unranked 未分級): eudicots 雙子葉植物綱 | (unranked 未分級): asterids 菊類植物 | order: apiales 傘形目 | family: araliaceae 五加科 | genus: schefflera 鵝掌柴屬 | species: s. actinophylla 傘樹