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The contrast of the red venation and the clear green blade on the leaves of a Macaranga tree results in an almost symmetrical pattern. A common park tree in Brisbane, Queensland.    //   Macaranga - Euphorbiaceae: Macaranga tanarius. About 24 similar-looking species in the genus. A small large-leafed (length to 40cm) tree growing to about 6m,  Macaranga is a component in the early succession of the re-establishment of tropical and sub-tropical rainforests.  It is one of the initial group of fast-growing species that quickly fill the void when a break occurs in the canopy of the forest and sunlight penetrates directly to the ground. Fast-growth = short life-span, and Macaranga quickly disappears as the longer-lived components of the mature rainforest return. In Australia M. tanarius occurs in sub-tropical and tropical lowland rainforest near the coast from  New South Wales north through Queensland to the Northern Territory. Also in lowland rainforests of New Guinea, west through Indonesia to south-east Asia and Africa, and east to the south-west Pacific islands of Melanesia.  //