Aglaia

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This article is about the genus of trees. For other uses, see Aglaia (disambiguation).
Aglaia
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Aglaia odorata (Chinese Rice Flower)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Meliaceae
Genus: Aglaia
Lour. 1790
Species

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Aglaia is a genus of more than 100 species belonging to the Mahogany family (Meliaceae).

These trees occur in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, Northern Australia and the Pacific.

Some are important timber trees; others have edible fruits (such as duku and langsat), scented flowers, or medicinal properties. Many have complex biological relationships with their dispersal agents. Some show insecticidal bioactivity.

Species[edit]

This genus presents many taxonomic problems, with the number of species accepted varying greatly depending on the species concept used, due to the considerable morphological variation.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexandra N. Muellner, Rosabelle Samuel, Mark W. Chase, Caroline M. Pannell and Harald Greger (2005). "Aglaia (Meliaceae): an evaluation of taxonomic concepts based on DNA data and secondary metabolites". American Journal of Botany 92 (3): 534–543. doi:10.3732/ajb.92.3.534. PMID 21652432. 
  • A taxonomic monograph of the genus Aglaia Lour. (Meliaceae). by C.M. Pannell. London: HMSO, 1992. (Kew Bulletin Additional Series XV1). + 379 pp. Many line illustrations. Soft Cover. ISBN 0-11-250067-6
  • Pannell, C.M. 1997. Solving problems in the taxonomy of Aglaia (Meliaceae): functional syndromes and the biological monograph. In: J. Dranseld et al., Pl. Div. Mal. III: 163–170, illus.
  • Satasook, C., M. B. Isman, et al. (1994). Insecticidal bioactivity of crude extracts of Aglaia species (Meliaceae). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 22(2): 121–127. {a} Dep. Plant Sci., Univ. British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
  • Aglaia at National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
  • ITIS
  • Aglaia at the Encyclopedia of Life