SCIENTIFIC NAME: Polyscias
COMMON NAME(S): Ming aralias
FAMILY: ARALIACEAE -Ginseng family
ORIGIN: Asia, Africa, Pacific, about 100 spp.
HABITAT: Tropical landscapes, houseplant
LEAVES: Alternate, simple or feather-like, usually clustered at ends of branches
FLOWERS: Usually in umbrella-like clusters, small
FLOWERING SEASON: Summer
FRUITS: Round, berry-like, usually black or purple
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Saponins and unknowns
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: Ming aralias have caused itching dermatitis to some people. Very sensitive individuals may experience sores and swelling.