Macaranga tanarius

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Macaranga tanariusFamily: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Macaranga
Common names: Macaranga, Nasturtium tree
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Seedlings of this native species have appeared in cleared areas across the reserve. This is a pioneer species that quickly colonises disturbed and degraded areas. It has been suggested to me that this is a “weed” species that should be removed. However I think that it will do poorly in the forested areas and so believe that no special intervention is needed to control it. However if it does start to become a problem it should be quite easy to control. It is dioecious and the flowers on this tree are male. (November 2011)

Quite a number of seedlings of Macaranga tanarius have appeared recently in the areas where the Cat’s Claw creeper has been sprayed. This is a pioneer species that quickly colonises disturbed and degraded areas. It grows to about 6 metres in height and has large, prominently veined peltate leaves. It is dioecious and the edible fruit on the female trees is attractive to many birds which assist in seed dispersal. I haven’t seen any mature trees in the Reserve. (April 2008)

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