Single or multi-trunked tree to 8 m tall, can also grow as an epiphyte. Leaves dark green, 9 to 15 glossy, oblong leaflets (10-20cm long) that radiate outward like an umbrella. Petioles pale yellow - red, long (15-45 cm). Inflorescence (80 cm long) terminal with small red flowers. Fruit round, scarlet, turning dark purple when ripe.
Intact and disturbed forest.
A prolific seeder, it is recorded as a weed in some parts of Australia, Hawaii, Fiji and Florida. It is shade tolerant, capable of invading remnant bushland and undisturbed forests. It is commonly cultivated and has recently naturalised in the region.
This species is included because it is one of the species to be researched in the 2007-2012 Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy.
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