schefflera

schefflera

[shef-ler-uh, shef-leer-uh]
noun
1.
any of various tropical trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Schefflera, of the ginseng family, having glossy, palmately compound leaves and often cultivated as a houseplant.
2.
a similar, related plant, Brassaia actinophylla.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1776), after J. C. Scheffler, 18th century German botanist; see -a2

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schefflera

any of several tropical evergreen trees or shrubs, in the ginseng family (Araliaceae), that are widely cultivated as indoor foliage plants because of their tolerance to low light conditions. The genus Schefflera includes the New Zealand seven fingers (S. digitata), which may reach a height of 7.5 m (25 feet), and the Asian S. octophylla, similar in size

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