Dendrocnide kusaiana (Kaneh.) Chew
Dendrocnide saipanensis (Kaneh.) Chew
Laportea kusaiana Kaneh.
Laportea latifolia Gaudich.
Laportea saipanensis Kaneh.
Drawing of the leaf and flowers
Photograph by: W.L.Chew; Monograph of the Dendrocnide, Gardens' Bulletin; Singapore, 1969
Dendrocnide latifolia is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 12 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
The plant has irritant, stinging hairs[
New Guinea to the Pacific Islands of Micronesia and Melanesia.
Plants in this genus are essentially lowland primary forest species preferring slightly moist and somewhat shady habitats[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
A decoction of the leaves is drunk to relieve a headache[
The leaf is rubbed on body bruises and aches to act as an analgesic[
]. The boiled leaves are applied as a wash to relieve itchy skin[
The wood is very soft[
Seed - easy.
Cuttings root easily - simply thrusting a branch into moist ground will usually result in it rooting[
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