Macaranga tanarius (L.) Mull.Arg.
Mueller Argoviensis, J. (1866) Prodromus 15: 997.
Kamala; Blush Macaranga; MACARANGA; Heart Leaf; Hairy Mahogany; Davids Heart; Parasol Leaf Tree; Nasturtium Tree
Seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh. Narrow brittle brownish stripes in the outer blaze.
Cotyledons broadly elliptic to orbicular, about 16 mm diam., upper surface hairy, undersurface sometimes with numerous small yellow glands. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade broadly ovate, base peltate, hairy on the upper surface, numerous small yellow glands on the underside visible only with a lens; petiole and terminal bud densely clothed in whitish hairs; stipules triangular, papery, hairy on the midrib. Seed germination time 30 to 31 days.
Occurs in NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards to north eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 750 m. This species is favoured by disturbance and grows in gaps in well developed rain forest or on the margins of well developed rain forest. It is a typical regrowth species on the coastal lowlands. Also occurs in Asia, Malesia and the Pacific islands.
This species may have medicinal properties and it may also be an intoxicant.
The leaves of this species are regarded as a contraceptive. Cribb (1981).