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Useful Tropical Plants

Macaranga angolensis

(Müll.Arg.) Müll.Arg.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Macaranga guignardii Beille

Macaranga mildbraediana Pax

Macaranga mollis Pax

Mappa angolensis Müll.Arg.

Tanarius angolensis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Common Name:

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General Information

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[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

515
Title
Flora of Tropical Africa Vol 1 - 8
Publication
 
Author
Var
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L.Reeve & Co.; Ashford, Kent.
Year
1868 - 1917
ISBN
 
Description
Very little information on habitat, range and uses, but gives good descriptions of the plants. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

Tropical Africa - Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Uganda, Angola.

Habitat

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[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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544
Title
Cataloge of African Plants Collected by Dr. Friedrich Welwitsch in 1853 - 1861
Publication
 
Author
Hiern. W.P.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Longmans & Co.; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
In 6 volumes, it gives botanical descriptions and some uses of the plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height5.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
544
Title
Cataloge of African Plants Collected by Dr. Friedrich Welwitsch in 1853 - 1861
Publication
 
Author
Hiern. W.P.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Longmans & Co.; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
In 6 volumes, it gives botanical descriptions and some uses of the plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaf sap is rubbed on painful spots, sores and wounds, or a vapour bath with the leaf decoction is taken to treat bronchitis[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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A bark infusion is drunk to treat hypermenorrhoea and dysmenorrhoea[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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