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Family: ARALIACEAE 

 Cussonia paniculata
 
  
Author:  Christian Friedrich Ecklon & Carl Ludwig Philipp Zeyher 1837
Family:  Araliaceae
Habitat:  Southern Africa
Soil:  Rich - Mix.
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  60 centimetres
Height:  6 meters
Flower:  Light Green
Reproduction:  Fresh seeds/Cutting
Pop names:  Mountain Cabbage Tree, Bergkiepersol, Umsenge, Umsengembuzi
Synonyms:  -
Got it from:  Erkelenz - Golkrath, Germany
Year:  2004

Leaf from New Plant Nursery.    

Leaf from Karoo BG.  

   This member of the Araliaceae family was described by Christian Friedrich Ecklon & Carl Ludwig Philipp Zeyher in 1837. It is found in Southern Africa, growing in well-drained but rich soil with some water and lots of sun. The stem will slowly grow to six meters in height and 60 centimetres in diameter. The flowers, which are rich in nectar, are crème to green. It can be reproduced by fresh seeds, best before three months. Cuttings will grow, but they don't form a caudex.

There are two subspecies of Cussonia paniculata. The rare seen one, C. paniculata subsp. paniculata is rather small, and has leaflets without lobes. It is found in Eastern Cape. The larger one, C. paniculata subsp. sinuata has deeply lobed leaves and is more widespread.

Named after the French botanist Pierre Cusson, and the specific name refers to the panicle or branched inflorescence.