Macaranga calophylla Pax
Macaranga lecomtei Beille
Macaranga rosea Pax
Macaranga schweinfurthii varies considerably in habit. Sometimes a shrub with many erect stems and branches, it can become a spreading tree 10 - 12 metres tall, or a large tree up to 40 metres tall with a flat crown and a straight bole that can be unbranched for 12 metres. The trunk and branches are armed with spiny outgrowths up to 6cm long[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It is used to provide shade for amenity[
Tropical Africa - Guinea, through Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda to Kenya, south to Angola, Zambia, Tanzania.
Groundwater and swamp forests (mushitu); by lakes and swamps; gallery forest with Maesopsis and Erythrophleum species; at elevations from 900 - 1,280 metres, occasionally lower[
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A fast-growing tree[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The plant is reported to contain flavones, saponins and tannins[
The young stems are reported to yield a copious white sticky mucilage in Kenya and Malawi, whilst it is described as a pink jelly from the pith and a colourless slime from the bark in E. Cameroon and as a dark red resin in Nigeria[
The wood is used for timber, boxes crates, stools and beehives[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
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