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Useful Tropical Plants

Mangifera superba

Hook.f.

Anacardiaceae

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General Information

Mangifera superba is a very shortly deciduous tree with an open crown of very thick branches that form many subcrowns; it can grow up to 30 metres tall[
894
Title
The Mangoes. Their Botany, Nomenclature, Horticulture and Utilization.
Publication
 
Author
Kostermans A.J.G.H.; & Bompard J.M.
Publisher
Academic Press; London
Year
1993
ISBN
0-12-421920-9
Description
A very detailed book about the genus Mangifera, which includes the well-known Mango.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood. The fruit is traded in local markets, whilst the wood is also traded. The tree is sometimes cultivated as a fruit crop[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].
This is one of the most threatened mango species. A large part of the habitat has been lost through clearance for agriculture, especially for large-scale cash crops. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
,
894
Title
The Mangoes. Their Botany, Nomenclature, Horticulture and Utilization.
Publication
 
Author
Kostermans A.J.G.H.; & Bompard J.M.
Publisher
Academic Press; London
Year
1993
ISBN
0-12-421920-9
Description
A very detailed book about the genus Mangifera, which includes the well-known Mango.

Range

Southeast Asia - Malaysia, ?Indonesia.

Habitat

Lowland evergreen forest, usually along rivers[
894
Title
The Mangoes. Their Botany, Nomenclature, Horticulture and Utilization.
Publication
 
Author
Kostermans A.J.G.H.; & Bompard J.M.
Publisher
Academic Press; London
Year
1993
ISBN
0-12-421920-9
Description
A very detailed book about the genus Mangifera, which includes the well-known Mango.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusEndangered
Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height24.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw. The rather acid pulp is greyish-white to pinkish with an unpleasant (for some people) smell of rotting apples[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
,
894
Title
The Mangoes. Their Botany, Nomenclature, Horticulture and Utilization.
Publication
 
Author
Kostermans A.J.G.H.; & Bompard J.M.
Publisher
Academic Press; London
Year
1993
ISBN
0-12-421920-9
Description
A very detailed book about the genus Mangifera, which includes the well-known Mango.
]. The ellipsoid to obovate-oblong fruit is up to 130mm long and 70 - 85mm wide, enclosing a single, large seed[
894
Title
The Mangoes. Their Botany, Nomenclature, Horticulture and Utilization.
Publication
 
Author
Kostermans A.J.G.H.; & Bompard J.M.
Publisher
Academic Press; London
Year
1993
ISBN
0-12-421920-9
Description
A very detailed book about the genus Mangifera, which includes the well-known Mango.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is a source of 'machang' timber[
895
Title
Timber Notes - Light Hardwoods II
Publication
Timber Technology Bulletin No. 10
Author
Gan K.S.; Lim S.C.; Choo K.T.
Publisher
Forest Research Institute; Malaysia
Year
1998
ISBN
139-258
Description
Part of an excellent series of publications, this one giving a brief guide to five lesser known groups of light hardwoods from southeast Asia. It is available in PDF format on the Internet.
]. 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[
895
Title
Timber Notes - Light Hardwoods II
Publication
Timber Technology Bulletin No. 10
Author
Gan K.S.; Lim S.C.; Choo K.T.
Publisher
Forest Research Institute; Malaysia
Year
1998
ISBN
139-258
Description
Part of an excellent series of publications, this one giving a brief guide to five lesser known groups of light hardwoods from southeast Asia. It is available in PDF format on the Internet.
]. Corewood can be used for decorative veneer production[
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
,
895
Title
Timber Notes - Light Hardwoods II
Publication
Timber Technology Bulletin No. 10
Author
Gan K.S.; Lim S.C.; Choo K.T.
Publisher
Forest Research Institute; Malaysia
Year
1998
ISBN
139-258
Description
Part of an excellent series of publications, this one giving a brief guide to five lesser known groups of light hardwoods from southeast Asia. It is available in PDF format on the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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