Macaranga grandifolia (PROSEA)

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Macaranga grandifolia (Blanco) Merr.


Protologue: Philipp. Journ. Sci. 7, Bot.: 394 (1912).

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: takip-asin (Filipino), binungang-malapad (Tagalog), ginabang (Iloko).

Distribution

The Philippines (Luzon and Mindoro).

Uses

In the Philippines, the resin is used as an astringent gargle to treat ulcers in the mouth. Bark, leaves and fruits are included in the Philippines in the preparation of a fermented drink called “basi”“ made from sugar cane.

Observations

A small tree up to 10 m tall; leaves orbicular-ovate to ovate, 60-100 cm across, not lobed, not peltate, stipules 6-10 cm long; male flowers in large, branched panicles, female flowers with 2-celled ovary; fruit double-globose, c. 1 cm long, smooth, but each valve armed with 2 spinelike processes at apex. M. grandifolia occurs in secondary lowland forest, and is locally abundant.

Selected sources

24, 117, 197, 655, 731, 760.

Main genus page

Authors

S. Aggarwal