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Osmoxylon novoguineense, Osmoxylon, Miagos bush, Fuzzy Wrinkle, Oldmans Hand

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Osmoxylon novoguineense
Family: Araliaceae
Osmoxylon, Miagos bush, Fuzzy Wrinkle, Oldmans Hand
Origin: Malaysia, Philippines, China
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeKeep soil moistOrnamental foliageUltra tropical, min. temperature 55FFlood tolerant

This extremely rare plant has the largest leaf in Aralia family. The light green leaves are alternate, palmate compound. At the base the leaf gets wrinkled and creates a funny shape. Endangered species, there is a very small population left. It will trive best in filtered bright light, prefers moist soil and high humidity. In favorable conditions leaves can grow as large as 3-4 ft in diameter. Very ornamental plant, can be grown as a house plant or in a greenhouse. Ultra tropical, low cold tolerance. Related plants - more common species Osmoxylon lineare, Osmoxylon mariannense.

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