Mappa harveyana Müll.Arg.
Tanarius harveyanus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Macaranga harveyana is an evergreen tree with a spreading crown; it usually grows from 3 - 10 metres tall[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. It is an important local source of fuelwood, the wood is commonly sold for fuel in local markets[
]. The tree has potential for use as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland or when establishing a woodland garden.
Macaranga harveyana is common on Samoa and Fiji and it is assumed that the population is large. It 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(2020)[
South Pacific - Fiji, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Wallis-Futuma, Cook Islands.
Dry, mature forest and the more open, secondary forest formations in lowland areas, ascending to 500 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 for wrapping food before cooking[
The leaves are used medicinally for a range of maladies and to induce abortions[
Commonly foud in open areas and secondary forest, this species is one of the main pioneer species in abandoned garden areas within its native range[
]. It has potential for use as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland or when establishing a woodland garden[
The leaves are used to seal earthen ovens, to parcel seafood to keep it fresh, and to parcel food before cooking[
The wood is soft. It is used in light construction for rafters, walling frames, flooring and battens; for wood carving; banana cases, and other purposes[
Because it is readily available, the wood is a major local source of firewood[
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