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Nephelium maingayi Hiern

Family Name: Sapindaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Lots of Water Moderate Water Native to Singapore Tree


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Tree
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 40 m


Native Distribution Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and Borneo
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status 1 Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a tree up to 40 m tall and 90 cm diameter. Trunk sometimes with buttress up to 1.4m tall.
Foliage Leaves are compound, spirally arranged and have 1 – 5 leaflets. Each leaflet is about 6 – 22 cm long and 3 – 9 cm wide.
Flowers Inflorescence occurs at the leaf axils or ends.
Fruits Fruit is reddish brown, ellipsoid to subglobular (2 – 2.75 cm long and 1.25 - 1.75 cm wide) with a short stipe (0.2cm long) and hook-like remnant stipe above it. Fruit is variably warty.
Habitat It grows in swamp forests and along river banks of lowland forests.
Associated Fauna Its flowers are insect-pollinated.
Etymology Greek nephilion, little cloud. The specific epithet is named after A.C. Maingay (1836-1869), a british physician and plant collector.

Landscaping Features

Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Lots of Water, Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Fruit, Seed & Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Brown, Red

Image Repository



Master ID 32316
Species ID 6724
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.