Aglaia acida (PROSEA)

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Aglaia acida Koord. & Valeton

Family: Meliaceae

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: langsatan (Javanese).


Indonesia (eastern Java).


The fruit resembles langsat in size and taste. The wood is used as timber; it is strong and durable but is rarely available.


  • Tree, 10-20 m tall, 35 cm in diameter, with smooth coppery bark.
  • Leaflets (5-)7-9(-11).
  • Fruit a globose berry, 2-3 cm in diameter, glabrous.
  • Seeds 2-3, surrounded by a thick, slightly acid aril.

Fruiting is in November, trees do not bear heavily. In periodically very dry forests, at altitudes of 100-400 m.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Heyne, K., 1927. De nuttige planten van Nederlandsch Indië [The useful plants of the Dutch East Indies]. 2nd ed. 3 Volumes. Departement van Landbouw, Nijverheid en Handel in Nederlandsch Indië. 1953 pp.
  • Koorders, S.H. & Valeton, Th., 1894 1914. Bijdrage tot de kennis der boomsoorten van Java [Contribution to the knowledge of tree species of Java]. 13 Volumes. G. Kolff & Co., Batavia.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen