This species is not universally accepted. We have followed the treatment in the 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families', but the African Plant Database[
] is treating it as a synonym of Macaranga barteri Müll. Arg.[
Macaranga apicifera Beille
Tanarius heudelotii (Baill.) Kuntze
Macaranga heudelotii is an evergreen shrub or a tree, often with a more or less climbing habit; it usually grows 5 - 7.5 metres tall, occasionally to 12 metres. It has a spiny bole and spreading, spiny branches[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Macaranga heudelotii has a very wide distribution, large population, 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(2018)[
West tropical Africa - Senegal to Nigeria, south to Gabon.
Humid or swampy secondary regrowths; river banks in rain-forest; marshes[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
An infusion of ground leaves, combined with lemon juice, is drunk to treat gonorrhoea[
]. A leaf infusion is taken to treat diarrhoea[
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