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[
Agalma lutchuense Nakai
Agalma octophyllum (Lour.) Seem.
Aralia heptaphylla (L.) Willd. ex Spreng.
Aralia octonata Stokes
Aralia octophylla Lour.
Heptapleurum octophyllum (Lour.) Kuntze
Paratropia cantoniensis Hook. & Arn.
Schefflera choganhensis Harms
Schefflera octophylla (Lour.) Harms
Schefflera rubriflora C.J.Tseng & G.Hoo
Sciodaphyllum heptaphyllum (L.) C.L.Hitchc.
Vitis heptaphylla L.
Schefflera heptaphylla is a small to medium-sized, semi-deciduous or evergreen tree growing up to 25 metres tall with a bole up to 80 cm in diameter[
A renowned medicinal plant from Indo-China, southern China, Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands, where it is mainly gathered from the wild[
]. The plant is also reported to be cultivated as an ornamental and pot plant in SE Asia[
E. Asia - China, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines.
Relatively open forest and forest edges[
]. Evergreen broad-leaved forests on mountain slopes[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the tropics and subtropics, it is found at elevations below 600 metres in the subtropics, but can occur as high as 1,400 metres in the tropics[
The fresh branchlets are used as a wash to soothe itching of the skin[
The leaves are diuretic[
The root-bark and stem-bark are anti-inflammatory, diuretic and tonic. They ae used in the treatment of a range of conditions including rheumatism, lumbago, osteodynia, paresis, amnesia, vulval pruritis, impotence, dyspepsia, infantile rickets, oedema, dysuria and impetigo[
The ashes are sometimes used to treat dropsy[
The root-bark and stem-bark contain triterpenoid saponins that yield oleanolic acid on hydrolysis[
The root-bark and stem-bark are collected in the autumn then wrapped up for 24 - 48 hours in order to develop the aroma and then dried in the shade[
The leaves and young branches are used as green manure[
The wood is soft, light and easy to work[
]. It can be used for making musical instruments and matchboxes, and is also a source of pulp for making paper[
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