Wednesday 15 May
Witch hazel (Maingaya malayana)
Witch hazel fact file
- Find out more
- Print factsheet
Witch hazel description
Witch hazel is the name commonly given to the medicinal plants belonging to the genus Hammelis (2), but is sometimes also used to refer to the less well known monotypic genus, Maingaya (3). The sole species in the genus is Maingaya malayana, a very rare evergreen tree with smooth bark, simple, alternate leaves, and dense, yellow flowers (3) (4) (5). In the wild it grows as a tall, sub-canopy tree, reaching up to 27 metres, but in cultivation it spreads horizontally and rarely exceeds three metres in height (4).Top
Witch hazel biology
Aspects of the biology of Maingaya malayana are yet to be described.Top
Witch hazel range
Confined to peninsular Malaysia, Maingaya malayana is historically known from two localities at Penang Island and Perak (1) (4). While a small population is still thought to occur on Penang Island, the persistence of the population at Perak has not been confirmed since the 19th century (3).Top
Witch hazel habitatTop
Witch hazel status
Classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List (1).Top
Witch hazel threats
It is not apparent exactly what factors contributed to Maingaya malayana’s decline in the wild, but unsustainable logging and clearance of trees for agriculture are responsible for an enormous loss of forest cover in Malaysia (6).Top
Witch hazel conservationTop
AuthenticationThis information is awaiting authentication by a species expert, and will be updated as soon as possible. If you are able to help please contact: email@example.comTop
- A taxonomic group comprising only one member, i.e. a family with one genus or a genus with one species.
- Primary rainforest
- Rainforest that has remained undisturbed for a long time and has reached a mature condition.
- IUCN Red List (March, 2008)
- Lane, C. (2005) Royal Horticultural Society Plant Collector Guide: Witch Hazels. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon.
- Rimba Ilmu Botanic Gardens (January, 2009)
- Dransfield, J. (1993) Maingaya malayana: Hamamelidaceae. Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, 10(2): 81 - 84.
- Rimbun Dahan (January, 2009)
- WWF-Malaysia (January, 2009)
MyARKive offers the scrapbook feature to signed-up members, allowing you to organize your favourite ARKive images and videos and share them with friends.
Terms and Conditions of Use of Materials
Copyright in this website and materials contained on this website (Material) belongs to Wildscreen or its licensors.
Visitors to this website (End Users) are entitled to:
- view the contents of, and Material on, the website;
- download and retain copies of the Material on their personal systems in digital form in low resolution for their own personal use;
- teachers, lecturers and students may incorporate the Material in their educational material (including, but not limited to, their lesson plans, presentations, worksheets and projects) in hard copy and digital format for use within a registered educational establishment, provided that the integrity of the Material is maintained and that copyright ownership and authorship is appropriately acknowledged by the End User.
End Users shall not copy or otherwise extract, alter or manipulate Material other than as permitted in these Terms and Conditions of Use of Materials.
Additional use of flagged material
Green flagged material
Certain Material on this website (Licence 4 Material) displays a green flag next to the Material and is available for not-for-profit conservation or educational use. This material may be used by End Users, who are individuals or organisations that are in our opinion not-for-profit, for their not-for-profit conservation or not-for-profit educational purposes. Low resolution, watermarked images may be copied from this website by such End Users for such purposes. If you require high resolution or non-watermarked versions of the Material, please contact Wildscreen with details of your proposed use.
Creative commons material
Certain Material on this website has been licensed to Wildscreen under a Creative Commons Licence. These images are clearly marked with the Creative Commons buttons and may be used by End Users only in the way allowed by the specific Creative Commons Licence under which they have been submitted. Please see http://creativecommons.org for details.
Any other use
Please contact the copyright owners directly (copyright and contact details are shown for each media item) to negotiate terms and conditions for any use of Material other than those expressly permitted above. Please note that many of the contributors to ARKive are commercial operators and may request a fee for such use.
Save as permitted above, no person or organisation is permitted to incorporate any copyright material from this website into any other work or publication in any format (this includes but is not limited to: websites, Apps, CDs, DVDs, intranets, extranets, signage, digital communications or on printed materials for external or other distribution). Use of the Material for promotional, administrative or for-profit purposes is not permitted.