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[
Brassaia volkensii (Harms) Hutch.
Heptapleurum volkensii Harms
Schefflera volkensii is a plant that can grow as a spreading shrub; as a tree 24 - 30 metres tall; or can adopt a more climbing habit. It sometimes grows as an epiphyte upon the branches of other trees[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. It is sometimes grown to protect the soil and to provide shade in coffee planttions; with its majestic form it can beautifully grace gardens and avenues[
East tropical Africa - Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania.
Wet or dry upland forest, in Hagenia abyssinica woodland associated with Hypericum revolutum, Afrocrania volkensii and Erica arborea, or in the bamboo (Arundinaria alpina) zone; at elevations from 1,500 - 3,230 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The tree often needs support if it is to grow straight[
The resin (gum?) from the bark is mixed with honey and used as remedy for coughs, lung complications and colds[
The leaves are used in the treatment of liver problems[
The plant offers protection to surrounding soil from water erosion[
The tree can be grown with a range of crops underneath because it has a high and light crown that lets in plenty of light and its litter makes a good mulching material[
]. It is used as a shade tree in coffee plantations[
A gum obtained from the tree has medicinal uses[
The wood can be used for a number of general purposes[
The wood yields a good quality fuel and is used for making charcoal[
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