Amugis

Amugis Tree

Scientific Name

Koordersiodendron pinnatum (Blco.) Merr.

Physical Characteristics

Amugis Trunk

Amugis tree is a large evergreen tree that grows to 25 meters in height and 120 centimeters or more in diameter. The leaves are spirally arranged, crowded at the ends of twigs, with six to 16 pairs of leaflets. The leaflets are oblong, with an equilateral obtuse base and acuminate apex. They measure about 9-20 cm x 2.2-5 cm. The inflorescences are axillary panicles, up to 50 centimeters long, bearing white to yellow-green flowers. The fruits are about 2.5 to four centimeters long, with one compressed seed.

Location

Amugis tree is found in undisturbed forests up to 800-meter altitude, but usually below 500 meters. In secondary forests, it is usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant. It is widely distributed throughout the Philippines in most islands and provinces in open forests at low altitudes, but nowhere abundant.

Method of Propagation

Amugis tree is propagated by seeds only.

Traditional Uses

The exudates (gum) are used in local medicine. The bark of the amugis tree has medicinal properties.

Contemporary Uses

Its wood is a good material for flooring and general construction, furniture, cabinet-making and turnery. The fleshy mesocarp is eaten raw but not very desirable.

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