Common name: Ferny Panax
Polyscias sambucifolia subsp. Bipinnate leaves (J.H.Ross 3967) Vic. Herbarium APNI*
Synonyms: Polyscias sambucifolia (Sieber ex DC.) Harms subsp. C APNI*
Polyscias sambucifolia subsp. decomposita ms. APNI*
Tieghemopanax multifidus N.A.Wakef. APNI*
Description: Leaves 2-pinnate or rarely 3-pinnate. Diffusely branched shrub to 2 m high. Leaves 10–30 cm long; secondary rachises up to 20 cm long, primary and secondary rachises sometimes ± winged for all or part of their length; leaflets linear or elliptic or occasionally falcate, 15–30 (rarely to 70) mm long, 5–15 mm wide, margins entire to deeply pinnatifid. Inflorescence branched up to the third order (never a primary axis only).
Flowering: Flowers November–January
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in margins of temperate or subtropical rainforests or wet or dry sclerophyll communities, below 1300 m alt.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by M. J. Henwood & R. O. Makinson
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