Parasol Tree

Polyscias fulva

Parasol Tree, Polyscias fulva, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed at Kitale, Kenya. December 2012.

Black-and-White-Casqued Hornbill feeding on fruit of the Parasol Tree, photo © by Michael Plagens

This indigenous tree looks a bit like a giant, inverted umbrella or parasol. The bole is tall and straight with smooth gray bark. The leaves are pinnately compound and close to a meter in length. The small fruits are relished by birds including hornbills.

Araliaceae -- Aralia Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 17 Jamuary 2014