Mangifera fragrans Maingay ex Hook.f.
Mangifera macrocarpa is an evergreen tree with long, spreading branches; it can grow up to 40 metres tall. The bole can be up to 90cm in diameter[
This species is sometimes cultivated[
], though only rarely as it flowers and fruits infrequently and the fruit is rarely, if ever, eaten[
The lowland rainforest habitats of this species are threatened by conversion to agriculture and forest degradation through logging. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
In lowlands and on hill ridges in dense, primary, evergreen forests[
]. Lowland wet, evergreen forest[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
The fruits are large and edible[
]. The pale yellow, fibrous pulp has a spicy, sweetly-acid flavour. It is edible, but not very pleasant, having a rather foetid smell[
]. The fruit is an obliquely, broadly oblong-globose drupe, 8 - 12 cm long, 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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