Aglaia mariannensis

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Mupunyao
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Meliaceae
Genus: Aglaia
Species: A. mariannensis
Binomial name
Aglaia mariannensis

Aglaia mariannensis (Mupunyao), endemic to the Mariana Islands is a tree with large (about 10–18 cm in length) dark green, glossy ovate or elliptic leaves, densely arranged on stems. Terminal leaf buds are often orange and fuzzy and look like praying hands.[1]

Axillary or terminal flowers arranged in panicles are small, yellowish green and fragrant, smelling of citronella. The fruit is yellow or orange in color, ovoid, and contains one or two coffee-bean-sized seeds. The sparse flesh of the fruit is spongy and dry, but the fruits are dispersed by birds.

The name "aglaia" comes from the Greek language and it means "wisdom and glory".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raulerson, L., and L. Rinehart. 1991. Trees and Shrubs of the Marianas