Slender evergreen shrub with stems and leaf stalks spotted white. Leaves of 7-11 narrow, thick, linear leaflets to about 20 cm long, 2-3 cm wide, brownish red at first but becoming dark greenish black with whitish midrib, margins undulate and with coarse teeth. Adult plants have larger, less toothed leaves. Flowers greenish; autumn and winter. Fruits round and black. [Dizygotheca elegantissima Mast.]
A popular indoor plant. Schefflera elegantissima 'King Kalakua' is a listed cultivar.
Source: (2002). Araliaceae. In: . 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.