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Useful Tropical Plants

Macaranga carolinensis

Volkens

Euphorbiaceae

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General Information

Macaranga carolinensis is an evergreen tree; it usually grows from 10 - 20 metres tall[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
].
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. It is an important local source of fuelwood, the wood is commonly sold for fuel in local markets[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
]. The tree has potential for use as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland or when establishing a woodland garden.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Indonesia to the Caroline and Gilbert Islands.

Habitat

Open, secondary forest formations in lowland areas[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height15.00 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[
327
Title
Euphorbiaceae of Malesia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/euphorbs/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource that is still being developed, it gives detailed botanical descriptions of plants in the family Euphorbiaceae found growing in Malesia (the region from Peninsual Malaysia through Indonesia, the Philippines).
].

Edible Uses

The leaves are used for wrapping food before cooking[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
].

Medicinal

A handful of the young leaves is crushed while fresh, and the sap is taken four to five times per day to relieve stomach ache[
860
Title
Atoll Research Bulletin Nos. 312 - 320
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
A series of papers, in book form, that provides an outlet for information on the biota of tropical islands and reefs, and on the environment that supports the biota. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. A handful of fresh, young leaves, combined with the leaves of Glochidion ramiflorum, is crushed, and the juice is drunk as a remedy for stomach ache[
860
Title
Atoll Research Bulletin Nos. 312 - 320
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
A series of papers, in book form, that provides an outlet for information on the biota of tropical islands and reefs, and on the environment that supports the biota. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The juice pressed from the leaves is drunk to relieve diarrhoea[
860
Title
Atoll Research Bulletin Nos. 312 - 320
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
A series of papers, in book form, that provides an outlet for information on the biota of tropical islands and reefs, and on the environment that supports the biota. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
For treating constipation, four to six young leaves are crushed, and the juice is drunk (this report may have been misapplied to this species, and may rightly belong to Citrus limon[
860
Title
Atoll Research Bulletin Nos. 312 - 320
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
A series of papers, in book form, that provides an outlet for information on the biota of tropical islands and reefs, and on the environment that supports the biota. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

An even number of leaves, inflorescences and buds is crushed and mixed with a few drops of coconut oil. The paste is then plastered onto a bruise[
860
Title
Atoll Research Bulletin Nos. 312 - 320
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
A series of papers, in book form, that provides an outlet for information on the biota of tropical islands and reefs, and on the environment that supports the biota. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

Commonly foud in open areas and secondary forest, this species is one of the main pioneer species in abandoned garden areas within its native range[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
]. It has potential for use as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland or when establishing a woodland garden[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Other Uses

The leaves are used to seal earthen ovens, to parcel seafood to keep it fresh, and to parcel food before cooking[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
].

The wood is soft. It is used in light construction for rafters, walling frames, flooring and battens; for wood carving; banana cases, and other purposes[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
].
Because it is readily available, the wood is a major local source of firewood[
339
Title
Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability
Publication
 
Author
W.C. Clarke and R.R. Thaman (Editors)
Website
http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/80824e/80824E00.htm#Contents
Publisher
United Nations University Press, Tokyo
Year
1993
ISBN
92-808-0824-9
Description
The guide includes information on 100 species of plants for Agroforestry. It is also available on the web at the address given above.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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