( Veitch ex Masters ) Lowry & Frodin
Schefflera elegantissima (formerly Dizygotheca elegantissima) also known as false aralia is a species of flowering plant in the Araliaceae family, native to New Caledonia. Growing to 8–15 m (26–49 ft) tall by 2 m (7 ft) broad, it is an evergreen shrub or tree. Its leaves are thin, coppery red to dark green with toothed edges. On adult plants the leaves are much broader. In autumn it bears clusters of pale green flowers followed by black fruit. With a minimum temperature of 13–15 °C (55–59 °F), in temperate zones it is grown as a houseplant and is much more compact, typically reaching heights of 2–3 m (7–10 ft).
In pop culture
In the Three's Company episode "Days of Beer and Weeds" (season: 2, episode: 22; air date: Tuesday February 21, 1978), Jack and Chrissy think a plant found in the Ropers' garden is marijuana, but Janet later identifies it as a False Aralia. [1.]
- "Taxon: Schefflera elegantissima (hort. Veitch ex Mast.) Lowry & Frodin". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area. Retrieved 2008-02-22.
- RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
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