University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Mango (Mangifera indica)

Mangos are variable in size and shape, which may be flattened, oval or S-shaped, and the color may be greenish-yellow, yellow with a red or purple blush or completely red. The skin is tight, thick and smooth. The flesh is yellow to orange with few to many fibers. The single seed is large, flat and in a woody, fibrous husk. Leaves are alternate, long and narrow, with prominent mid and lateral veins. The tree is medium to large, evergreen, with a symmetrical, rounded canopy. Mangos are grown only in very warm areas of Florida. They are in the same plant family as poison ivy. People who are allergic to poison oak or poison ivy, may have a similar reaction to the peel, juice or pulp of the mango.