Q& A WITH JULIE

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - GARDEN -

Hi Julie, I have this tree in my back­yard in Townsville. It’s two years old, 6m tall, and has leaves 25-30cm wide. Can you please ID? From Bob.

It is Macaranga tanarius from the Euphor­bia fam­ily. Com­mon names in­clude Ka­mala, Nas­tur­tium tree and heart leaf. It is a fast-grow­ing pi­o­neer plant with a trunk that sel­dom ex­ceeds 30cm at 1.4m above the ground/be­low first fork. Leaves are char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally peltate, with the stem at­tached near the cen­tre of the un­der­side of the leaf rather than at the mar­gin and at one end. Also sap from bro­ken twigs turns pink or red on ex­po­sure.

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