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[
Schefflera trifoliata Merr. & Rolfe
Schefflera piperoidea is a climbing shrub that can be epiphytic[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Primary forest, at low to medium elevations[
Crushed leaves, with or without oil, are applied externally against tympanites of children. Internally, the leaves are given to women as a tonic after childbirth and to treat irregular menstruation[
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