Tetrapanax papyrifer (Hook.f.) K.Koch

Rice-paper Plant

Stoloniferous shrub to 6 m or so tall with thin stems and a white fluffy felt on flower clusters and young parts. Leaves to 40 cm or so wide, divided palmately into 5-11 toothed lobes, the central 3-5 further divided. Flower clusters to 1m or more long, rising above the stems; autumn. Flowers white. Fruit green.

E Asia

The name is often spelt T. papyriferus.

Naturalised in a few areas of coastal NSW through the invasive stolons.

The white stem pith is used as a source of rice-paper, especially in China.

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
genus        Tetrapanax (K.Koch) K.Koch