Monday, September 20, 2010

BINUNGA (Macaranga tanarius).

Official name: Binunga
English name: Parasol Leaf tree
Scientific name: Macaranga tanarius

Character: a small tree, dioecious, pioneer species
Habitat: Growing in thickets and waste places at low to medium altitudes.
Uses: The bark is used for containers, contains sap with adhesive properties and tannin. Bark and leaves are used to make "basi", which is a fermented drink. Wood produces a high quality pulp and particleboard. Other studies show that the tree contains compounds, constituents, glucosides and anti-oxidant and antibacterial properties.


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