A tree of segera
Synonyms: Aglaia harmsiana, Aglaia havilandii, Aglaia oxipetala
Other names: segera, malasaging, mata-mata, bunyau, peler tupai, pisek, langsat-langsat, bajing talang, malatumbaga.
Segera is a native of South East Asia. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand. This tree is commonly found growing grows in primary and secondary evergreen forest, swamp forest, along rivers or roads and in periodically inundated locations upto an altitude of 2000 metres. It grows on all type of soils.
Inflorescences and foliage
Flowers 5-merous, anthers 5, style-head ovoid or depressed globose, with 2 small apical lobes or a central depression.
Fruit indehiscent, 2-locular, 2-2.5 cm in diameter, densely hairy. Seed 1, surrounded by the edible aril.
Fruits are edible and eaten by the local people. The tree, though planted as an agroforestry species, is not cultivated for the fruits.
Bathing in water which has been boiled with segera tree bark, is prescribed to cure tumours. The leaves are applied to wounds for faster healing.
The wood is hard and durable. It is used as timber in the Philippines. The wood is also used for furniture, general construction and agricultural implements.