Mangifera beccarii Ridl.
Mangifera sclerophylla Hook.f.
Mangifera griffithii is an evergreen tree; it usually grows 20 - 30 metres tall, occasionally to 40 metres. The bole is usually free of branches for more than half its height, up to 80cm in diameter and free of buttresses[
Although it does not fruit every year, the tree is grown as a fruit crop within the plant's native range[
]. It is sold in local markets, usually at a premium price compared to other mangoes due to its scarcity[
]. The wood is also harvested, both for local use and for trade.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia.
Prefers temporarily inundated areas, on river levees, marshy places behind the levees, in lowland areas[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of the moist, lowland tropics, growing in areas with no distinctive dry season[
The tree is slow to come into production, and only produces fruit irregularly[
Fruit - raw. The firm and rather juicy orange-yellow pulp has a sweet-sour flavour[
]. There is a slight taste of burnt sugar[
]. The skin, which is about 1mm thick, is easy to remove from the fruit[
]. The purplish-black, oblong fruit can be 35 - 40mm long and 30 - 35mm 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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