Description[ edit ] These are restricted to lowlands about m to m, requires rainfall. It is found rare in forests and abundant in marshy places. The flowers are purple or pink, 0. The skin is thin and brown with darker patches, and the flesh is yellow-white, mushy, and strongly odorous with an acid-sweet or sour taste. The binjai is believed to originate from the island of Borneo , but is commonly grown elsewhere for its edible fruit.
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Foliage Its alternate, stalked leaves are thick and leathery, about 7. Flowers Its violet to lilac flowers are up to 1 cm long each, borne on a branched inflorescences up to 40 cm long. Fruits Its fleshy fruits are pear-shaped drupes, that ripen to pale brown, cm long and cm wide, containing a single pink seed enclosed with a hard endocarp.
Habitat It grows in lowland primary or swamp forests, and also along riverbanks, up to m altitude. Associated Fauna Its flowers are insect-pollinated. The fruits are eaten by mammals. It is also the food plant for the mango fruit borer or mango fruit boring caterpillar Citripestis eutraphera. Cultivation It can be propagated by seed.
Etymology Mangi, Indian mango, vernacular name for a Mangifera species; Latin caesia, lavender colour, referring to the colour of the flowers. The fresh fruits are eaten. The fruits are used to make home-made creamy juices, and eaten as a tamarind substitute. They are found all over various parts of Singapore.
To find out more about these trees, please visit the Heritage Tree Register. Landscaping Features Landscaping It is a widely-known, cultivated fruit tree. It is a tree suitable for large gardens, and parks. Desirable Plant Features.