Aglaia cumingiana

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Aglaia cumingiana


Tree up to 15 m, sometimes flowering at 3.5 m. Outer bark greenish-grey or grey- ish-brown, with hoop marks, with pale lenticels in vertical rows; inner bark pale yellow to pinkish-brown; sapwood white or pale yellow; heartwood reddish-brown; latex white, copious. Leaves 18–43 cm long, 16–38 cm wide; petiole 3–12 cm, petiole, rachis and petiolules with occasional scales like those on the twigs. Male and female flowers similar, 0.7–1.5 mm long, 1–1.7 mm wide; pedicels 0.5–0.8 (–1.3) mm, calyx and pedicel with scattered stellate scales or none at all. Petals 5. Sta- minal tube dark yellow, 0.5–1 mm long, 0.7–1.5 mm wide, cup-shaped or obovoid, thickened inside below the anthers, the aperture c. 0.7 mm, sometimes with the margin incurved, anthers (4 or) 5, 0.3–0.5 mm long, up to 0.4 mm wide, protruding and point- ing towards the centre of the flower and filling the aperture. Fruits 0.9–2 cm long, 0.5–0.8 cm wide, orange, obovoid when young, ellipsoid when ripe, (often asymmetrical when only one seed develops, and the stigma is displaced to one side during development of the fruit), with few scales like those on the twigs or none at all, pericarp orange-brown, papery thin and brittle when dry, orange or red when ripe and fresh.


Asia-Tropical: Philippines (Philippines present), N Borneo present
Malesia: N Borneo, Philippines.


Aglaia cumingiana resembles A. lawii and A. oligophylia in its foliage, but it is distinguished by the indumentum, inflorescence and fruit. In some respects, especially flower structure, A. cumingiana is like A. parviflora, but the latter is more robust, with larger leaves and twigs; the reticulation on the leaflets is not prominent; peltate scales with a fimbriate margin are numerous on the midrib be- low, while stellate scales are more abundant on the inflorescence; the fruits have dense scales on the outside.


Pannell 1992 – In: Kew Bull., Add. Ser. 291.