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Useful Tropical Plants

Macaranga echinocarpa

Baker

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Macaranga echinocarpa
Leaves and young fruits
Photograph by: Patrice Antilahimena
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General Information

Macaranga echinocarpa is a shrub or small tree.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - central Madagascar.

Habitat

Dry to humid forests at elevations below 2,000 metres.

Properties

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HabitTree
Height0.00 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.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A stem bark infusion is taken to treat malaria[
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Other Uses

The wood of large-stemmed trees is used to make boats[
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Propagation

Seed -

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