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Bouea oppositifolia


Bouea oppositifolia (Roxb.) Meisn.

Family Name: Anacardiaceae
Synonyms: Mangifera oppositifolia Roxb. Bouea microphylla Griff.
Common Name: Plum Mango, Marian Plum, Rumenia


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Tree
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 43 m


Native Distribution Indochina, Malay Peninsula, Myanmar, Thailand, Andaman Islands, Cambodia, Borneo
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A tree up to 43 m tall.
Trunk The fissured bark is grey, light brown to red.
Foliage Leaves are obovate to lanceolate; have an opposite arrangement.
Flowers The small flowers are borne in clusters, white to yellow in color.
Fruit The fresh fruits are ellipsoid, about 2.5 cm in length. The skin and flesh are yellow or orange when fully ripe.
Habitat It can be found in tropical lowland forests, up to 600 m altitude.
Etymology Species epithet oppositifolia means opposite leaves. 
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts : Edible Fruits
Food (Fruit or Vegetable): The fruits can be eaten raw or cooked.
Timber & Products: The wood is hard and durable, suitable to make furniture.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Shade Providing Tree / Palm
Thematic Landscaping Economic Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Seed


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Leathery

Non - Foliar and Storage

Trunk Type (Non Palm) Woody
Mature Bark Texture Fissured

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White, Yellow / Golden

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) Orange, Yellow / Golden

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Master ID 29314
Species ID 3623
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 13 December 2022.

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