Croton grandifolius Blanco
Macaranga porteana André
Common Name: Coral Tree
Coral tree is a small, erect tree growing 5 - 10 metres tall. The plant has large leaves, 60 - 100cm in diameter.
The plant is gathered from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is widely grown as an ornamental in many parts of the tropics, being especially valued for its red-veined, grandiose leaves[
Rates of habitat loss through logging and shifting cultivation have led to considerable population declines of this species, it has therefore been classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(1998)[
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The leaves, bark and fruit are added to sugar cane juice that is fermented into 'basi', a traditional alcoholic beverage in the Philippines[
A resin obtained from the stems is used as an astringent gargle to treat ulcerated mouths[
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