Aglaia oligophylla (PROSEA)

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Aglaia oligophylla Miq.

Family: Meliaceae


  • Aglaia oligantha DC.

Vernacular names

  • Peninsular Malaysia: belangkas hutan, pasak lingga
  • Philippines: manalau, potian (Tagalog), ansa (Pangasinan).


Burma, Indonesia (Sumatra), Peninsular Malaysia, the Philippines.


The aril around the seed is edible. The wood is used as timber.


  • Small tree, up to 7 m tall and 15 cm in diameter.
  • Leaves odd-pinnately compound with 3-5 leaflets.
  • Fruit a globose berry, about 1.5 cm diameter, grey-brown tomentose.

In dense low forests, rather rare outside the Philippines.

Selected sources

  • Burkill, I.H., 1966. A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula. 2nd ed. 2 Volumes. Ministry of Agriculture and Co operatives, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2444 pp.
  • Merrill, E.D., 1923 1925. An enumeration of Philippine flowering plants. 4 Volumes. Government of the Philippine Islands, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bureau of Printing, Manila.
  • Ridley, H.N., 1922 1925. The Flora of the Malay Peninsula. 5 Volumes. Government of the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States. L. Reeve & Co., London.


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