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Useful Tropical Plants

Garcinia amboinensis

Spreng.

Clusiaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Garcinia amboinensis
Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruits
Photograph by: Rumphius, G.E., Herbarium amboinense, vol. 3: p. 58, t. 32 (1743)
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General Information

Garcinia amboinensis is a small, unbranched tree with stilt roots[
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The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild as a local food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Indonesia.

Habitat

Lowland and montane forest[
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked[
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Split pieces of the roots, known locally as 'obat saguer', are used to give a more bitter and astringent taste to palm wine[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - we have no specific information on this species, but the seed of most members of the genus can be slow to germinate, even if sown fresh, often taking 6 months or more[
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Plants for a Future
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Ken Fern
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Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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