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  Macaranga hullettii King ex Hook.f.
  Family Name : Euphorbiaceae

  Common Names : Balik angin, Mahang bulan

Balik angin,Mahang bulan
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Medium (16m-30m))
      Plant Shape :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Peninsular Thailand, Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and Borneo
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Primary Rainforest; Secondary Rainforest)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a tree with hollow twigs, and can grow up to 18 m tall.
      Foliage: Its alternate leaves have its stalks attached to the underside of the leaf blades. Its leaf blades are narrowly egg-shaped to egg-shaped, 14–32 by 6–22 cm, and usually with smooth margins, or sometimes slightly 3-lobed.
      Flowers: Its tiny greenish flowers develop in flowering shoots (inflorescences) that occur in the leaf axils. Its male inflorescences are 10–30 cm long while female inflorescences are 4–10 by 2–5 cm.
      Fruits: Its tiny greenish flowers develop in flowering shoots (inflorescences) that occur in the leaf axils. Its male inflorescences are 10–30 cm long while female inflorescences are 4–10 by 2–5 cm.
      Habitat :
      It grows in primary and secondary forests, usually along streams, up to 1350 m altitude. It occurs locally in Pulau Tekong.
      Associated Fauna :
      It is the preferred local food plant for the caterpillars of the butterfly, the Malay baron (Euthalia monina). Ants can also inhabit its hollow twigs.
      Cultivation :
      It can be propagated by seed.
      Etymology :
      Macaranga may be derived from a local name in Madagascar, or from Sanskrit words that mean body of monkey; Latin hullettii, commemorating Richard William Hullett, a 19th century headmaster, explorer, and plant collector of East and Southeast Asia
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      [Others]: A decoction of the plant are consumed by some tribes for stomach ailments. 
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      It may be able to tolerate conditions along roadsides and parks. Based on its preference for streamsides, it is likely to be tolerant of wet ground.
      Landscape Uses :
      Roadside Tree / Palm
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Caterpillar Food Plant
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Green, Green - Light Green, Yellow / Golden
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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