Fatsia Decne. & Planch.

From the Japanese yatsude, sounding like fatsi.

Evergreen shrubs or small trees with foliage crowded towards the branch tips. Leaves large, thick and leathery, divided palmately into 7-11 lobes. Flower clusters terminal, rising above the leaves. Flowers unisexual or bisexual. Petals 5, free, edge to edge in bud. Stamens 5. Ovary of 3-10 chambers. Fruit a 3-10-seeded black drupe with persistent styles.

Grown for the bold shiny tropical foliage, often as a container plant.

Seed, cuttings and root cuttings.

Large, palmately divided, shiny leaves.

3 species from E Asia.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Araliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Apiales
family       Araliaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Fatsia japonica (Thunb.) Decne.