ABOVE: Aglaia cucullata is a small tree  of the brackish water zone at the back of mangroves with a very wide distribution from  India east to Borneo. The timber is very hard and has many local uses but because of the  small size and lack of easy access A. cucullata is not logged commercially.  The fruit splits open (dehices) when ripe showing a black seed with a cream aril. The large size of the seed indicates that the seed can only be swallowed by hornbills and large imperial pigeons.

Aglaia cuculata Roxburgh (1819)  .jpg