Mangifera minor is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 40 metres tall, but is usually smaller and sometimes only shrub-like. The bole can be up to 90cm in diameter and is usually free of buttresses[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia to New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Carolines.
In lowland primary, sometimes also secondary forest, usually at elevations up to 400 - 750 metres, occasionally up to 1,350 metres[
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Mangifera minor is a species that is quite tolerant of climatic conditions, growing in tropical forests with an all year round rainfall and also in savannah with a distinct dry season, though the trees are rather stunted in the savannah. It succeeds at elevations from sea level up to 1,300 metres[
Plants can commence flowering when only 4 metres tall and often still shrub-like[
Fruit - raw. Very poor eating, there is only a thin layer of yellowish flesh that is acid and astringent[
]. The green, oblong fruit is 50 - 100mm long and 40 - 65mm wide, containing a single large seed[
The bark is chewed and the juice swallowed as an antidote for snakebites[
]. The inner bark is squeezed in water then drunk in order to remove sputum and mucous due to asthma and tuberculosis[
The bark is pounded, mixed with lime, and applied externally as a treatment for children's stomach aches[
]. It can be heated over a fire then applied to a centipede bite in order to relieve the pain[
]. The inner portion of the bark, mixed with lime, is applied to swollen lymph nodes in order to reduce pain and to the legs when there is severe itchiness[
The heartwood is brown; it is not distinctly demarcated from the thick band of white or yellowish sapwood. The wood is hard[
]. It is used for light construction and for making furniture[
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