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(after a French naturalist). Araliaceae. Tall tender shrubs from New Caledonia, grown in hothouses.
Leaves alternate, decompound, gracefully arching, the leaflets leathery and entire or slightly cut: flowers falling very early, in large umbellate-paniculate clusters, not very showy. Distinguished from Aralia by its round, not angled fruits - Two species. Cult, same as Aralia.
Lind.& Andre (Araliaconcinna, Nichols.). stem ashy gray, with brown, warty spots: leaves odd-pinnate; leaflets in 8-10 pairs, each 1ft. entire or 3-toothed or twice cut, sometimes so deeply cut as to make 3 entirely free segments I.H. 25:314. - Under the name of Aralia spectabilis, two different plants have been sold. One is Aralia filicifolia. The two plants can be distinguished at a glance. The primary division of the If. in A. filicifolia is long and narrow, thrice as long as in D. spectabilis, and tapering to a long point, while in D. spectabilis the primary division of the If. is short and has 3 well-marked segments In A. filicifolia the secondary divisions are deeply and irregularly cut; in D. speclabilis they are merely serrate. The two plants are also immediately distinguished by the black spots on the stem of D. spectabilis.