Macaranga bachmannii Pax
Macaranga inopinata Prain
Macaranga multiglandulosa Pax & K.Hoffm.
Macaranga ruwenzorica Pax
Macaranga usambarica Pax & K.Hoffm.
Mallotus capensis (Baill.) Müll.Arg.
Mappa capensis Baill.
Macaranga capensis is a tree often with a much-branched, pyramidal crown and ascending branches, or with a broad, spreading crown; it usually grows from 4.5 - 18 metres tall, occasionally to 27 metres. The straight bole is more or less buttressed; both bole and branches are armed with short spines[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use and as a source of timber. It is also plnted as an amenity shade tree[
Macaranga capensis has a very wide distribution, large population, is not currently experiencing any major
threats and no significant future threats have been identified. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
Africa - Gabon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Evergreen forest; forest patches in grassland; secondary or disturbed forests; forest margins; riverine and gully forests; woodland on mountain slopes; swamp forest (mushitu) margins; locally common to dominant; at elevations from 305 - 3,000 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 to treat allergies[
The wood is used for timber, knife sheaths, xylophones and water pots[
The wood is used for fuel[
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