4400.000 Macaranga Thouars

Description of the genus

Dioecious, rarely monoecious, trees or shrubs with simple hairs. Stipules present. Leaves alternate, simple (in ours) or lobed, entire or toothed, gland-dotted beneath. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, racemose or paniculate. Male flowers: calyx with 2-4 valvate lobes; petals and disk 0; stamens 2-4 (in ours); anthers 3-4-thecous; pistillode 0. Female flowers: calyx truncate or shallowly toothed; petals and disk as for males; ovary 1-3-locular; ovule 1 per loculus; styles 1-3. Fruit smooth or verrucose, ± dehiscent, usually glandular.

Worldwide: 280 species in the tropics of the Old World

Zambia: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
capensis (Baill.) Benth. ex SimN,EMcDescription, Image
kilimandscharica Pax EMc
schweinfurthii Pax WNwDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Macaranga:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Macaranga
Flora of Malawi: Macaranga
Flora of Mozambique: Macaranga
Flora of Zimbabwe: Macaranga

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Macaranga
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Macaranga
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Macaranga
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Macaranga
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Macaranga
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Macaranga
JSTOR Plant Science: Macaranga
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Macaranga
Plants of the World Online: Macaranga
Tropicos: Macaranga
Wikipedia: Macaranga

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Macaranga.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=856, retrieved 23 April 2024

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