Elephant’s Ear – Common Macaranga

Macaranga tanarius (Wikipedia)

Macaranga tanarius is a plant found in South East Asia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, South China, Taiwan, and eastern Australia. It is commonly seen as a pioneer species in disturbed rainforest areas. Easily recognised for the round veiny leaves. In Australia it naturally occurs from the Richmond River, New South Wales to Cooktown in tropical Queensland.

Macaranga tanarius
Macaranga tanarius Tree 1.jpg
Macaranga tanarius - leaves
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Macaranga
M. tanarius
Binomial name
Macaranga tanarius
(L.) Müll.Arg., 1866
  • Ricinus tanarius L.

Some of the many common names include parasol leaf tree, blush macaranga, nasturtium tree, David's heart and heart leaf.

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