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.