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Useful Tropical Plants

Polyscias guilfoylei

(W.Bull) L.H.Bailey

Araliaceae

+ Synonyms

Aralia guilfoylei W.Bull

Aralia maculata W.Bull

Aralia monstrosa B.S.Williams

Nothopanax guilfoylei (W.Bull) Merr.

Panax guilfoylei (W.Bull) Cogn. & Marchal

Panax laciniatus B.S.Williams ex W.Richards

Panax victoriae Barb.Rodr.

Panax victoriae W.Bull

Common Name: Geranium Aralia

Polyscias guilfoylei
Plant being used to create a screen
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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General Information

Geranium aralia is an erect, evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 6 metres tall[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. The plant is usually little-branched, in time assuming a columnar shape with narrow, spindly clusters of vertical stems[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].
Widely grown in tropical lowland areas as a hedging plant and ornamental, being valued especially for its attractive foliage[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
,
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

This species arose in cultivation in southeast Asia, and has no native range.

Habitat

Not known in a truly wild situation

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental

Cultivation Details

A plant of lowland tropical areas. The foliage is damaged at a temperature of -0.5°c, and is killed at -4°c[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].
Prefers a position in full sun or partial shade[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
]. Succeeds in dry to moist soils[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is very tolerant of pruning, being often grown as an ornamental hedge and windbreak in lowland tropical areas[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
658
Title
Food Plants of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
French. B.R.
Publisher
Author.
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
Published on-line in PDF format, this book contains information on several hundred New Guinea food plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttinfs
Air layering.

Comments

Abdulla Nashid 15th August 2015 10:58
This plant is grown in many of our Islands as a wind break or as a border plant. The leaves are eaten fried with tuna,coconut etc. The branch surface is scrapped with a knife to remove the soft outer skin that comes in flakes, and applied to wounds to stop bleeding and infection.

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