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Useful Tropical Plants

Macaranga cuspidata

Boivin ex Baill.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Macaranga peltata Boivin ex Baill.

Tanarius cuspidatus (Boivin ex Baill.) Kuntze

Common Name:

Macaranga cuspidata
Leaf and ripening fruits
Photograph by: Ornella Randriambololomamonjy
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General Information

Macaranga cuspidata is a shrub or a tree that can grow around 10 metres tall[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
Macaranga cuspidata is a widespread species in Madagascar. Although its habitats are threatened by deforestation caused by to agriculture and fire, the threats are not thought be significant enough to threaten this species. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - northeastern and eastern Madagascar.

Habitat

Dry, subhumid and humid forests; at elevations up to 1,500 metres.

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height0.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The aromatic stem bark is crushed on insect bites[
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Other Uses

The wood is used to make poles, which are suitable for humid soils as they do not rot[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The wood is used for fuel[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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