Mangifera rufocostata is an evergreen tree; it usually grows up to 45 metres tall, though a specimen upp to 53 metres has been recorded. The bole can be free of branches for up to 30 metres, 80 - 120cm in diameter. It can be unbuttressed, with small buttresses up to 40cm high and 50cm wide, or occasionally with higher, narrow buttresses up to 2.5 metres high, 50 - 80cm wide and 15cm thick[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia.
Lowland, evergreen rain forest, usually on well-drained soils, at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
The tree usually only fruits after a long dry spell, when little other food is available, so it is often eaten even though it is extremely acid[
Fruit - raw[894. The rather juicy, greenish-white flesh is extremely acid like a lime[
]. The fruit is generally only eaten when better foods are not available[
]. The brownish-green, globose fruit is up to 10cm in diameter, containing a single large seed[
The heartwood is black; it is not clearly demarcated from the thick band of pale green sapwood[
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