Aglaia eximia

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Aglaia eximia

Description

Tree up to 15 m, with a rounded crown. Outer bark smooth, grey- ish-brown with some lenticels in longitudinal rows; inner bark brown or pale brown; sapwood pale yellow or pale brown, sometimes tinged with pink; latex white. Leaves imparipinnate, at least up to 135 cm long and 50 cm wide; petiole up to 25 cm long, petiole, rachis and petiolules with scales like the twigs. Inflorescence up to 40 cm long and 28 cm wide, peduncle up to 10 cm, peduncle, rachis and branches with surface and indumentum like the twigs. Flowers sessile, up to 2 mm in diam. Petals 5. Staminal tube sometimes shallowly cup-shaped with the rim incurved, usually ellipsoid with the aperture up to 0.5 mm in diam. and obscurely 5-lobed; anthers almost as long as the tube, ovoid, inserted near the bottom of the tube, usually included but sometimes protruding through the pore. Fruits up to 3 cm long, 2.2 cm wide, ellipsoid or subglobose, grey or brown; pericarp thin, densely covered with reddish-brown stellate scales or peltate scales which have a fim- briate margin on the outside, containing white latex; locules 1–3, each containing 1 seed. Seed with a thin aril; the aril white, pale yellow or pink.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Jawa (Jawa present); Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Maluku (Maluku present); Philippines (Philippines present); Sulawesi (Sulawesi present); Sumatera (Sumatera present); Thailand (Thailand present)
Thailand; Malesia: Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Java, Philippines, Celebes, Moluccas.

Taxonomy

The lower surface of the leaflets is densely covered with white or pale brown stellate scales. In the density of the indumentum, A. eximia resembles A. argentea, but in the later species the indumentum is of peltate scales. Aglaia eximia sometimes flowers as a small tree.

Uses

Aril edible when taken in moderation.

Citation

Pannell 1989 – In: Tree Fl. Malaya. p 215
Ridley 1922 – In: Fl. Malay Penins. 405.
Pannell 1992: p. 121. – In: Kew Bull., Add. Ser. f. 27.
King 1895 – In: J. As. Soc. Beng. p 70