Tackling Schefflera: Initiating the Re-circumscription of the Largest Genus in Araliaceae (ginseng family)

Greg Plunkett and collaborators

Nearly two-thirds of the species of Araliaceae have been classified as belonging to the tropical tree genus Schefflera. However, Schefflera has recently been demonstrated to be an unnatural group, consisting instead of five different evolutionary lineages. Co-led by Garden scientist Dr. Gregory Plunkett, the project is beginning to untangle the confusion surrounding Schefflera by looking closely at species in two of the lineages—one centered in Madagascar and another in New Caledonia.