Melientha acuminata Merr.
Melientha suavis is an evergreen tree growing up to 13 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Since the identification of this species without flowers or fruits is very difficult, the leaves of vegetatively similar species of Opiliaceae are sometimes eaten. If leaves of Urobotrya siamensis, a
species widespread in the same habitat as this species in Thailand, are eaten then these may cause death by poisoning[
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Deciduous forest, where it is locally common; rarely in dry evergreen forest; at elevations from sea level (where it grows in beach forest) up to 600 metres[
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The flowers are strongly fragrant[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The young leaves and inflorescences (including the young fruits) - cooked and used as a vegetable[
]. The fruit is a yellow drupe, 23 - 40mm long and 15 - 20mm wide[
The wood is often used to make charcoal[
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