Mangifera gracilipes is an evergreen tree; it can grow up to 30 metres tall. The bole can be 35cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a fod and source of wood. The wood is also traded.
The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia.
Lowland evergreen forest[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
A plant of the wet lowland tropics, growing in areas with all-year rainfall[
Fruit - raw. The fruits of this species are favoured by the Temoq people of Pahang[
]. The pale yellow, or ashen-whitish oblique fruit is around 5cm long and 3cm wide, containing a single, large seed[
The wood is a source of 'machang' timber[
]. We do not have a specific description for the wood of this speices, but a general description of machang timber is as follows:-
The heartwood is light brown or light grey brown, occasionally with chocolate or black streaky coreword; it is not clearly differentiated from the wide band of sapwood. The texture is moderately coarse to coarse and even; the grain interlocked and wavy. The wood is moderately heavy to heavy; moderately hard; not durable under exposed conditions, being susceptible to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. The wood seasons somewhat rapidly with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. It can be worked with ordinary tools, there is a slight difficulty resawing when green, but is easy when dry; planing is easy but the surface produced is moderately smooth with grain pick-up on the radial side; nailing and screwing is excellent; gluing is correct. The wood is suitable for light construction, turnery, flooring, interior panelling, boxes, crates, pallets and plywood manufacture[
]. Corewood can be used for decorative veneer production[
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