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Spondias mangifera Willd.

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Description

ROX50. In his 'Flora Indica', Roxburgh reports that this species grows as large tree in the mountains of Coromandel. It flowers at the beginning of the hot season, and the fruit ripens during the cold season. Roxburgh also notes that the wood of this plant is soft and of little use, and that at the beginning of the hot season, the juice which issues from wounds made in the bark, hardens into a gum similar to the gum-arabic. He then writes: 'The fruit is eaten raw when ripe, and before ripe is pickled, put in curries, made into tarts, &c.&c.'

Roxburgh, 'Flora Indica' (1832) v.2, p.451.

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Coromandel Coast, India

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