Macaranga bachmannii Pax
Macaranga inopinata Prain
Macaranga multiglandulosa Pax & K.Hoffm.
Macaranga ruwenzorica Pax
Macaranga usambarica Pax & K.Hoffm.
Mallotus capensis (Baill.) Müll.Arg.
Mappa capensis Baill.
Macaranga capensis is a tree often with a much-branched, pyramidal crown and ascending branches, or with a broad, spreading crown; it usually grows from 4.5 - 18 metres tall, occasionally to 27 metres. The straight bole is more or less buttressed; both bole and branches are armed with short spines[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use and as a source of timber. It is also plnted as an amenity shade tree[
Africa - Gabon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Evergreen forest; forest patches in grassland; secondary or disturbed forests; forest margins; riverine and gully forests; woodland on mountain slopes; swamp forest (mushitu) margins; locally common to dominant; at elevations from 305 - 3,000 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The leaves are used to treat allergies[
The wood is used for timber, knife sheaths, xylophones and water pots[
The wood is used for fuel[
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