Macaranga similis is an evergreen tree; it usually grows from 5 - 10 metres tall[
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[
]. The tree has potential for use as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland or when establishing a woodland garden.
Australasia - New Guinea to the Solomon and Santa Cruz Islands.
Open, secondary forest formations in lowland areas, ascending to 500 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 for wrapping food before cooking[
The leaves are used medicinally for a range of maladies and to induce abortions[
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[
]. It has potential for use as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland or when establishing a woodland garden[
The leaves are used to seal earthen ovens, to parcel seafood to keep it fresh, and to parcel food before cooking[
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[
Because it is readily available, the wood is a major local source of firewood[
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