fatsia

fatsia

[fat-see-uh]
noun
a shrub or small tree, Fatsia japonica, of the ginseng family, having large, glossy, palmately compound leaves and often grown as a houseplant.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin, perhaps irregular < Japanese yatsude the name of the plant

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fatsia (ˈfætsɪə)
 
n
any shrub of the araliaceous genus Fatsia, esp F. japonica, with large deeply palmate leaves and umbels of white flowers
 
[New Latin, from the Japanese name]

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fatsia

(Fatsia japonica), evergreen shrub or small tree, in the ginseng family (Araliaceae), native to Japan but widely grown indoors for its striking foliage and easy care. In nature it can attain a height to 5 metres (16 feet); the glossy, dark-green leaves, roughly star-shaped, with 7 to 9 lobes, may be nearly 45 centimetres (1 12 feet) across. Compact-growing and variegated leaved varieties are available. Occasionally, under good indoor conditions, it may produce white flower clusters followed by shiny black fruit

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