Wednesday Waters #88

dsc_0166-2Saldanha Bay, West Coast, South Africa

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Sunday Trees 19

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Common Names: Octopus Tree, Umbrella Tree, Ivy Palm, ScheffleraIMG_6874

The Octopus Tree Schefflera actinophylla is an evergreen tree growing to 15 m tall. It has compound medium green leaves in groups of seven leaves. It is usually multi-trunked, and the masses of bright red flowers develop at the top of the tree.  The Octopus Tree produces up to 1000 individual flowers generating large amounts of nectar which attracts nectar-eating birds and insects. The thousands of fruits produced each containing many seeds are eaten by many birds in particular by Black Collard Barbets  and by monkeys, seed dispersal is predominantly carried out by birds.IMG_6873
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