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Filicium decipiens

Fern-Leaf Tree, Filicium decipiens, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed in a Nairobi urban landscape, Kenya. March 2013.

People find the foliage and form of this small tree very appealing. As a result, this native of Kenya has been brought into cultivation and distributed world wide through the nursery trade

The leaves are shiny and dark green. The winged rachis gives it a fern-like appearance. Large panicles of small white flowers give rise to purple-black fruits containing single, very hard seeds.

Ant-Mimic Katydid This small katydid (right), an ant-mimic, was found feeding upon the leaves in Eldoret, Kenya.

Sapindaceae -- Soapberry Family

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