Macaranga involucrata, Fam. Euphorbiaceae
Shrub to small tree with a single stem or multiple stems.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Simple, alternate, broadly ovate to triangular, usually hairy, green above and paler below. Numerous small yellow glands are present on the underside Petiole attached at the base of the leaf, with two or four glands usually visible at the junction on the upper surface. Distinct veins on both surfaces.
|Flower description:||Clusters of erect green yellow flowers. Female and male flower on separate plants. Flowers year round.|
|Fruit description:||Cream brown when ripe, dry, papery fruit. October to February.|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory, New Guinea.|
|Food source for:||Fruit eaten by the pied imperial pigeon. Larval food plant of the blue moonbeam and sapphire moonbeam butterflies.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|