Macaranga tanarius - Macaranga
Family: Euphorbiaceae

The light green leaf blades are held vertically with their long pink stalks attached near the middle.
They form a hemispherical crown on a tree 6-8m tall.
The soft glaucous branchlets when broken exude a sticky clear or reddish gel.
Curious flowers with green bracts like Venus Flytraps are separated by sex on different trees.

Female trees develop green capsules that are tacky when handled and covered in soft prickles and contain 1-4 bird attractive black seeds.
Macaranga is very common in rainforest regrowth in warm moist regions.

Macaranga sukers with energy and is sometimes regarded as a weed.
Autumn seeds germinate quickly and summer cuttings strike well.