Several recent phylogenetic studies have shown that Schefflera is clearly polyphyletic, and that the Asian species belong to a single, well-supported, morphologically coherent clade. The name Schefflera will ultimately have to be restricted to a small group of species from the SW Pacific, while the Asian species will have to be transferred to one or more other genera[
Panax decaphyllus Sagot ex Seem.
Schefflera paraensis Huber ex Ducke
Sciodaphyllum decaphyllum Seem.
Schefflera decaphylla is a tree with a broad crown; it can grow up to 30 metres tall. The bole can be 60 - 90cm in diameter with thick buttresses[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood - the wood is also traded..
S. America - northern Brazil, the Guyanas.
Rain and savannah forests[
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The fresh inner bark is used as a poultice to treat abscesses[
The heartwood is greyish white to very light brown; it is not clearly demarcated from the creamy white sapwood. The txture is medium; the grain straight. The wood is light in weight; soft; not very durable, being susceptible to fungi, termites and dry wood borers. It seasons somewhat slowly, with a high risk of distortion but only a low risk of checking; once dry it is poorly stable in service. It works well with ordinary tools; peeling and slicing are good though sometimes the surface is fuzzy; nailing and screwing are good, gluing is correct. The wood is used to make toothpicks and is suitable for purposes such as interior joinery and panelling, light carpentry, boxes and crates, matches, interior of plywood, fibre boards etc[
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