Macaranga peltata (Roxb.) Müll.Arg.
|Synonym:||Osyris peltata Roxb.|
|Flowering & Fruiting Period:||January - February|
|Distribution:||India, Sri Lanka and Andamans|
|Habitat:||Moist deciduous and secondary forests, also in the plains|
|Uses:||Roots, bark and leaves are fairly commonly used internally in traditional medicine in South-East Asia, usually as a decoction, to treat stomach-ache, dysentery, haemoptysis, cough and fever. The leaves, and sometimes resin, are applied externally to wounds, ulcers, sores and boils.|
|Key Characteristics:||Macaranga peltata are dioecious trees; bark greyish-brown mottled with white, smooth. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate, apex acute, base peltate, margin entire. Flowers unisexual, greenish-yellow. Male flowers: in axillary panicles; tepals 3, minute, obovate; stamens 2-8. Female flowers: in panicles; tepals 4; ovary superior, ovule one in each cell; style lateral; stigma sessile. Fruit a capsule, globose.|