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[
Didymopanax longipetiolatus (Pohl ex DC.) Marchal
Panax longipetiolatus Pohl ex DC.
Sciodaphyllum burchellianum Baill.
Schefflera longipetiolata is a tree with a spreading crown growing 6 - 8 metres tall. The bole can be 60 - 80cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber, which is used locally.
Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, it belongs to a family where most of the members contain calcium oxalate crystals. This substance is toxic fresh and, if eaten, makes the mouth, tongue and throat feel as if hundreds of small needles are digging in to them. However, calcium oxalate is easily broken down either by thoroughly cooking the plant or by fully drying it and, in either of these states, it is safe to eat the plant.
People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
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The pale-brownish wood is straight-grained; fine-structured; easy to work but not resistant to decay[
]. It is used for making boxes that need rough handling, pallets, lining planks etc[
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