Mangifera lagenifera is a deciduous tree with a very dense, rounded crown; it can grow 30 - 40 metres or more tall. The straight bole can be free of branches for up to 18 metres, up to 80cm in diameter, occasionally with low buttresses[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood. The wood is also traded. The large trees are beautiful ornamentals[
This species has not yet been evaluated in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but it is becoming very rare in the wild(2014)[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia.
In lowland forests, sometimes in temporarily inundated places[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Flowering only occurs at long intervals of perhaps 5 - 10 years[
Fruit - raw. The dirty white to pinkish flesh ise edible but sour and stringy[
]. The foul smelling, very acid fruit is eaten raw or cooked preserved with salt or sugar with chillies or another spicy addition[
]. The fruit is a pale green to brownish, pear-shaped drupe 11cm long and 6cm 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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