Brassaiopsis papayoides Hand.-Mazz.
Fatsia cavaleriei H.Lév
Gastonia palmata Roxb. ex Lindl.
Gilibertia palmata (Roxb. ex Lindl.) DC.
Trevesia cavaleriei (H.Lév) Grushvitzky & Skvortsova
Common Name: Snowflake Tree
Photograph by: Stickpen
Snowflake tree is a prickly evergreen tree growing up to 8 metres tall. The bole can be 15cm in diameter[
]. The tree sometimes forms a coarse, wide crown, at other times it is unbranched[
The flower buds are gathered from the wild and consumed locally. The plant also has a useful pith, medicinal properties and is grown as an ornamental[
E. Asia - southern China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam.
An understorey tree in moist, mixed forests on mountain slopes; at elevations from 600 - 2,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a position in partial shade, succeeding in fairly deep shade[
]. Grows best in a deep, rich, fertile soil[
Flower buds - cooked[
The plant is used medicinally[
The pith from the stems can be used to make 'sola-pith' hats[
]. It is inferior to that obtained from Aeschynomene aspera[
Cuttings of greenwood.
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