Polyscias mollis (Benth.) Harms
Harms, H.A.T. in Engler, H.G.A. & Prantl, K.A.E. (1894) Die Naturlichen Pflanzenfamilien 3(8) : 45.
Cotyledons broadly ovate or orbicular, about 5-7 mm long. First few leaves produced are simple. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves trifoliolate or pinnate; leaflets ovate, apex acuminate, base obtuse usually oblique, both the upper and lower surfaces with numerous prickle-like hairs; stipules or stipule-like appendages attached to the base of the petiole, triangular, hairy and prickly; petioles and stem clothed in numerous erect straight prickles. Seed germination time 49 to 70 days.
The word 'mollis' is usually used to describe something which is soft. The use of the epithet 'mollis' for this species seems to be particularly inappropriate as the stems, branches and even the compound leaf axes are clothed in sharp spines. It is difficult to avoid thinking that taxonomists have a strange sense of humour or we have completely misinterpreted their original species concept.