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Ask the Expert:I would like to know what kind of plant this is. this clipping was given to me and I'm not sure how to care for it or ever what kind of plant it is.Â Jimmy
What you have is a Schefflera actinophylla (sny Brassaia actinophylla).Â This plant has many common names: octopus tree, Australian ivy plam, Queensland umbrella, umbrella plant.
It makes a good houseplant.Â This plant can become quite large and may out-grow the typical home environment.Â However, this Schefflera won't reach extreme heights fro some time.Â In the mean time, it will make a nice addition to your home.Â It will need a room with lots of light and the soil will need to be kept moist to the touch. You might want to read our Caring For Schefflera page (the plant care will be towards the bottom of the page).