Aglaia scortechinii

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Aglaia scortechinii

Description

Tree up to 22(–30) m; bole 9 m, diam. 25 cm. Bark smooth, green, greyish-brown or reddish-brown, inner bark yellow, pale brown or pink, wood white; latex white. Leaves 45 cm long and 38 cm wide; petiole 7 cm, the petiole, rachis and petio- lules densely covered with scales like those on the twigs. Inflorescences in the axils of up to 6 leaves near the shoot apex, c. 13 cm long and 19 cm wide; peduncle up to 1 cm, the peduncles, rachis and branches with numerous to densely covered with scales like those on the twigs. Flowers c. 1.5 mm long and 1.5 mm wide; pedicel 0.5–1 mm. Petals 5. Sta- minal tube c. 0.8 mm high, thickened below and between the anthers; anthers 5, usually inserted inside the margin and pointing towards the centre of the flower, sometimes en- closed within the tube. Fruits 1.5–3 cm long and 2–3.5 cm wide, subglobose, red when ripe; the pericarp thin and brittle when dry, densely covered with scales like those on the twigs on the outside; locules 2 (or 3), each containing one seed. Seed c. 1.3 cm long, 1.1 cm wide and 0.9 cm thick, completely covered with a white or yellow aril.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present)
Malesia: Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo.

Taxonomy

This species sometimes resembles Aglaia edulis, but differs in its indumen- tum and fruits. It resembles A. korthalsii, but the leaflets are usually more numerous, they are paler when dry and the scales are almost confined to the midrib. The fruits are subglobose, with a thin brittle pericarp.

Citation

Pannell 1992 – In: Kew Bull., Add. Ser. 175.
Ridley 1922 – In: Fl. Malay Penins. p 403