Matchwood

 
 

Matchwood is native to the Greater Antilles (except Jamaica), Mexico, Central America, and northern and western South America. It reaches a height of 100 feet, with a trunk 2.5 feet in diameter. The leaves have a very long petiole and ten or eleven leaflets, the largest up to 17 inches long. Flowers are minute and are grouped in terminal inflorescences up to 2 feet long. Fruits are about three-eights of an inch wide. It flowers mainly during autumn and fruits mature from summer to winter. Fruits are eaten by many birds that disperse the seeds. The generic name honors the German botanist Jacob Christoph Scheffler (1698-1742). The species name derives from its common name in Brazil.


The photographed trees are north of Building A. There is another tree  northwest of the Chemical Engineering Building.

Schefflera morototoni (Araliaceae)