Members of the Araliaceae (aralia family). Family relatives include false aralia, Fatsia, American ginseng, English ivy and rice-paper plant.
Native to Eastern Malaysia and the Western Pacific.
Erect evergreen shrubs, 12-25 feet in the wild but much smaller when grown indoors as potted plants. Leaves shiny dark green, 3-5 lobed or 1-3 pinnate, from 2-3 inches and larger.
While their yellow-green flowers can be many and impressive in the wild, they are not a main attribute when grown indoors.
Chill sensitive, hold at 55F or higher.
From the Greek “polys” meaning many, and “skias” for shade or canopy, referring to the sometimes large, many branched and spreading flower heads.