Aglaia korthalsii: Of fragrant flowers and edible fruits
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Aglaia korthalsii is a member of Meliaceae. This is a small or medium-sized tree up to 26 m tall and 70 cm diameter with triangular buttresses. The bark is pale to dark reddish-brown or pinkish-brown or orange brown. The habitats include primary forests, riverine, peat swamp; on clay, loam, limestone and sandstone. This species used to be grown as fruit tree in villages in Kelantan and Trengganu. Fruits have comparative high nutritional value particularly in vitamin C (10 mg/110 gm; said equal to those of apples). Orang Utan and Lar Gibbon are known to consume the fruits. The wood is used for house poles. The local names in Peninsular Malaysia are kiah, piah, keriah, sekeriah, kriah, keriat. And in Sabah, it is known as langsat munchit (Sungei), lantupak and lantupak burung (Dusun Kinabatangan); while in Sarawak as segera (Iban). In addition to Peninsular Malaysia, this species can also be found from NE India, Bhutan, Nicobar Islands, Myanmar, Vietnam, South Thailand, Borneo, Philippines, Sunbawa and Flores. The Aglaia korthalsii trees near the shelter in Fruit Tree Arboretum and near FRIM’s primary school was flowering during the first two weeks of October 2012.

Posted on 19 October 2012. The temperature for the week at 24°-32°C, with rain and thunderstorms. Article prepared by Norsham Y. Pitures by Zawiyah N and Naimah L.