Explore Oct 27, 2009 #63
Ah, the variations in nature. Look closely. We're all familiar with the sepal remnants at the bottom of an apple or pear. These Schefflera berries have sepal remains too... small brown dots are all that are left of the flower that sourced them.
Like people, berries, even of the same branch, are unique... some have 4 sepal dots, some 5 or 6! Some berries are two-tone red. Others gold and orange. Still others, deep purple.
Apparently Mother Nature tried to even things out in the plant world. This bush with its intensely beautiful berries has barely noticeable flowers. Birds love these luscious-looking berries but they're on toxic lists for humans and pets.
This wonderful, dependable bush or shrub is also known as Schefflera arboricola.
Schefflera arboricola, Dwarf Schefflera