Trees, 10-40 m tall. Leaves 10-30 cm long, 2-7cm wide, leathery, margin entire. Juicy, large and edible stone fruits (drupes). Depending on the cultivar, mango fruits vary in size, shape, sweetness, skin color and flesh color which may be pale yellow, gold or orange.
Although “Common Mango” is a native of the Indian Peninsula, it is cultivated throughout the tropics of the world in more than 500 varieties. In many regions, it has become a significant naturalized element of the flora.
Traditional medical use in Fiji
The inner bark of the stem of Maqo (Fijian name) is used to treat dysentery and bacterial disease thrush.
Did you know?
“Common Mango” is the national tree of Bangladesh and related (same family) to the Cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) and the Pistachio tree (Pistacia vera). Allergic Urushiols are present in the peel of the mango fruit and can trigger contact dermatitis in sensitized individuals.