|Octopus tree Berries – These are the favourite berries of many birds and animals!|
Common Names: Octopus Tree, Queensland Umbrella Tree, Brassaia and amateBotanical name: Schefflera actinophylla Family: Araliaceae (Aralia family)Native to northern Australia and south-eastern New GuineaMore about Octopus Tree:Tropical evergreen shrub with multiple trunks. Grows 12m-15m in height in mild to warm climates. Popular as a decorative indoor plant. Compound leaves that radiate from a stalk resulting in umbrella like structure. Hence the name Umbrella tree. Leaves are the favourite food of Bennett’s Tree-Kangaroos.Flowering period is from early summer to fall. Octopus like inflorescence with 10-20 racemes (long stalks) bearing up to 1000 nectar-richsmall dull red flowers. Flowers attract birds. Dark berries appear later on. The fruits are eaten by many birds and animals including musky rat-kangaroos, red-legged pademelons and spectacled flying foxes.
|Octopus Tree – I had thought I was capturing flowers, but, they were actually fruits! Wish I could see the flowers some day!|
It was early spring days, when I clicked this unique plant at Aditi Garden, Pune. It is only when I looked for its details I realised that it is a fruit! I am sure I tell this always, but, still can’t control myself appreciating the creativity of nature! Wish I had been more patient to click them better!