Mangifera indica
Status: Least Concern
Type: Evergreen
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Names: Big Mango
Appearance: General big mango variations that are indeginous to zambia have green outer skins even when ripe while others get slightly yellow-green and others have a hint of red peels with a yellow fleshy edible inside.

General Information

Mangifera indica, commonly known as mango, is a species of flowering plant in the family Anacardiaceae. It is a large fruit tree, capable of growing to a height of 30 metres (100 feet).

Uses

The tree is more known for its fruit rather than for its timber. However, mango trees can be converted to lumber once their fruit-bearing lifespan has finished. The wood is susceptible to damage from fungi and insects. The wood is used for musical instruments such as ukuleles, plywood and low-cost furniture.

Toxicity / Allergies

Urushiols in the fruit peel can trigger contact dermatitis in sensitised individuals. This reaction is more likely to occur in people who have been exposed to other plants from the family Anacardiaceae, such as poison oak and poison ivy, which are widespread in the United States. The wood is known to produce phenolic substances that can cause contact dermatitis.

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