Macaranga tanarius— Nasturtium Tree, Blush Macaranga, David's Heart, Heart Leaf—EUPHORBIACEAE.

Macaranga tanarius

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Habitat— Common as a pioneer species, in cleared areas or in rainforest along the coast.

Distribution—North from Lismore in New South Wales extending to Queensland and Northern Territory.

Description—Shrub or small tree.

Local occurrences

Great Lakes College-Forster Campus and Tallwoods

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, peltate, lamina ± circular to ovate, 8 to 20 cm long and wide, with 9 radiating veins, margins ± entire, upper surface ± glabrous, lower surface paler with yellow, sessile glands mixed with simple hairs, sometimes ± glabrous; petiole c. as long as lamina; stipules c. 12 mm long

Macaranga tanarius
Macaranga tanarius

Inflorescence—Bracts 4 to 6 mm long, whitish; perianth c. 1 mm long, greenish yellow

Flowering.—June to July.

Fruit—Capsule c. 8 mm diam., covered with processes to 5 mm long.

Ripe.—Summer.

Macaranga tanarius