Macaranga conglomerata is a tree with a spreading crown; it can grow up to 32 metres tall. The bole can be up to 60cm in diameter; it can be unbranched for up to 9 metres but often branches from much lower[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It is sometimes used to provide shade for amenity purposes.
This species is restricted to two montane forests. The explosive increase in the human population in the surrounding area has exerted a heavy demand for wood and land; although this species was considered common in the past, recent tree plots suggest it is now rare. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(1998)[
East tropical Africa - southeast Kenya, northeast Tanzania.
Evergreen montane forests at elevations from 1,400 - 2,000 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The wood is used for timber, water pots, knife sheaths, and for making xylophones[
The wood is used for fuel[
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