Non-Native to Florida
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Date of introduction to Florida: 1927
(from Strangers in Paradise, Impact and Management of Nonindigenous Species in Florida, Chapter 2: Florida’s Invasion by Nonindigenous Plants: History, Screening, and Regulation, by D.R. Gordon and K.P. Thomas, pp. 21-37. Island Press, Washington, DC, 1997.)
Appearance: Evergreen tree to 12 m (40 ft) tall, with single or multi-stemmed trunks and greenish bark.
Leaves: Alternate with petioles to 61 cm (2 ft) long; palmately compound with mostly 7–16 leaflets, these shiny, light green, oblanceolate, to 30 cm (12 in) long; margins entire (or sparsely toothed when young).
Flowers: 25 mm (1 in) across, borne in dense clusters that form a large, red, showy inflorescence at stem tips above foliage.
Fruit: A purplish black, round, fleshy drupe to 7 mm (0.25 in) in diameter.
Ecological threat: Invading endangered remnants of scrub habitat, where it is shading out listed rare plants such as the Florida-threatened scrub pinweed. Extremely invasive in undisturbed tropical hardwood hammocks of Dade County. FLEPPC Category I Distribution: C, SW, SE
Text from Invasive and Non-Native Plants You Should Know, Recognition Cards, by A. Richard and V. Ramey, 2007. UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, Publ. No. SP 431.
See more information and pictures about schefflera, as contained in the Langeland/Burks book, Identification & Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas.
View the UF/IFAS Assessment, which lists plants according to their invasive status in Florida.