Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Macaranga recurvata Gage

Species:M. recurvata
Common Names:Swamp Mahang
Status:Critically endangered


Macaranga recurvata grows up to 30–50 m tall and has stilt roots. The bark is pale striated. Twigs are stout and tough while the large (22–40 by 16–26 cm) ovate-oblong leaves are leathery peltate and glabrous. The underside of the leaf is sub-glaucous. Young leaves are violet-purple. The twigs are solid and do not house ants. The persistent stipules are erect, blackish brown, papery and hairless. The pith of twigs contain copious red gum.

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Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Singapore, East Java, Borneo, Lesser Sunda Islands


Nee Soon Swamp Forest

General Biology

Macaranga recurvata is found in swampy primary and secondary lowland forests up to 500 m elevation. It prefers acidic sandy soils. 


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Whitmore, T. C., Davies, S. J., Slik, J. W. F., van Welzen P. C. & Takeuchi, W. Malesian Euphorbiaceae descriptions. No. 66. Macaranga in Flora Malesiana.  (Editors) Coode M.J.E. & Hoffmann P. http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/euphorbs/specM/Macaranga.htm

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