Polyscias scutellaria, the shield aralia,[1] or plum aralia, is a tropical shrub or small tree reaching 2–6 meters in height. A native of the Southwest Pacific islands, it is commonly grown in gardens.[2][3]

Polyscias scutellaria
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Polyscias
P. scutellaria
Binomial name
Polyscias scutellaria

The leaves and root can be used as an antiseptic and deodorant.[citation needed]

Applications in cuisine edit

Ancient native Indonesians have used shield aralia leaf as a bowl substitute due to its bowl-like shape and tear-resistant properties. In modern Indonesian cuisine shield aralia can be used as fancy food packaging. Shredded shield aralia has aromatic properties that can be mixed with meat or fish to conceal the odor.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Polyscias scutellaria (shield aralia)". The PLANTS Database (plants.usda.gov). Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Polyscias scutellaria". Flowers of India. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Polyscias scutellaria". Flora of China. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  4. ^ Manggarayu (30 August 2017). "Mengenal, Memilih & Menyimpan Daun Mangkokan" [Identifying, Selecting & Storing Mangkokan Leaves]. ResepKoki (in Indonesian). Retrieved 29 April 2021.

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