Macaranga guignardii Beille
Macaranga mildbraediana Pax
Macaranga mollis Pax
Mappa angolensis Müll.Arg.
Tanarius angolensis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Macaranga angolensis is a spiny, climbing shrub or sometimes an erect tree; it usually grows up to 6 metres tall, occasionally to 9 metres or more. The bole is around 25 - 37mm in diameter, both the bole and the branches are beset with blunt spines[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Tropical Africa - Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Uganda, Angola.
Very dense and shaded areas in forests; forests along lake-shores; dense wooded thickets close to streams; gallery forest; avoiding places once cultivated and afterwards in secondary woods; at elevations from 700 - 1,220 metres[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The leaf sap is rubbed on painful spots, sores and wounds, or a vapour bath with the leaf decoction is taken to treat bronchitis[
A bark infusion is drunk to treat hypermenorrhoea and dysmenorrhoea[
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