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Aglaia spectabilis (Miq.) S.S.Jain & Bennet

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Jain, S.S. & Bennet, S.S.R. (1987) Indian Journal of Forestry 9(3) : 271.

Common name

Amoora; Cape York Cedar; Pacific Maple


Milky exudate meagre but usually quite obvious and emerging from fine layers in the blaze. Faint incense odour often apparent in the blaze.


Petioles and twigs produce a milky exudate. Lateral leaflets rather large, blades about 15-20 x 5-12 cm. Lateral veins curving inside the margin but not forming loops.


Flowers about 2-7 x 2-6 mm. Calyx lobes rounded at the apex. Stamens about nine per flower. Outer surface of the calyx lobes densely clothed in stellate hairs or scales, petals partly clothed.


Fruits about 6-9 x 5.5-9 cm. Aril or sarcotesta completely enclosing the seed.


Each cotyledon +/- paraboloid in shape with the face of the cotyledon forming the base of the paraboloid. Cotyledon faces in a plane at right angles to the long axis of the seed. First pair of leaves about 10-15 cm long. At the tenth leaf stage: terminal bud clothed in stellate hairs or scales. Seed germination time 21 to 28 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP. Altitudinal range from sea level to 100 m. Grows in gallery forests and rain forests subject to a marked dry season. Also occurs in Asia and Malesia.

Amoora spectabilis Miq., Annales: Museum Botanicum Lugudno-Batavum 4 : 37(1869), Type: Cult. in Hortus Calcuttensi, (? Anon. in Herb. E. I. C. 1278 K; 1278.1 K - W. Amoora cucullata Roxb., Plants of the Coast of Coromandel 3: 54(1820).
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