Macaranga echinocarpa is a shrub or small tree usually growing around 3 - 10 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
Macaranga echinocarpa is fairly widespread in northwestern and eastern Medagascar and is also found growing in protected areas. Its native habitats are threatened by deforestation due to fire, charcoal production, agriculture and artisanal mining. However, these threats are not considered to be significant enough to cause this species to be threatened. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
Africa - central Madagascar.
Dry to humid forests; at elevations up to 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.
A stem bark infusion is taken to treat malaria[
]. The plant is also used to treat certain diseases of pigs[
The leaves are used as a treatment for vomiting[
The wood of large-stemmed trees is used to make boats[
The wood is used for fuel[
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