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Useful Tropical Plants

Garcinia celebica

(Burm.) L.

Clusiaceae

+ Synonyms

Garcinia benthamii Pierre

Garcinia hombroniana Pierre

Mangostana celebica Rumph. ex Gaertn.

Garcinia cornea L.

Garcinia speciosa Wall.

Garcinia fabrilis Miq.

Garcinia bassacensis Pierre

Garcinia ferrea Pierre

Garcinia rumphii Pierre

Garcinia kurzii Pierre

Garcinia affinis Wall. ex Pierre

Garcinia jawoera Pierre

Garcinia krawang Pierre

Garcinia porrecta Wall. ex Vesque

Garcinia kingii Pierre ex Vesque

Common Name: Seashore Mangosteen

Garcinia celebica
Garcinia celebica Garcinia celebica Garcinia celebica

General Information

Garcinia celebica is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree with a pyramidal crown; it can grow from 9 - 36 metres tall. The bole, especially in larger trees, is fluted, sometimes with steep buttresses[
359
Title
Trees of Sungai Wain
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/Sungaiwain/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site with factsheets on almost 1,000 species of forest trees growing at Sungai Wain in Indonesia. Each factsheet has good quality pictures plus basic information on the ecology and uses of the plants.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood. The tree is also sometimes cultivated for its fruit in parts of SE Asia[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
]. It has been recommended as a potential commercial crop through improvement by selective breeding[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, northern Australia.

Habitat

A mid-canopy tree growing in littoral to sub-montane forests at elevations up to 1,400 metres[
359
Title
Trees of Sungai Wain
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/Sungaiwain/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site with factsheets on almost 1,000 species of forest trees growing at Sungai Wain in Indonesia. Each factsheet has good quality pictures plus basic information on the ecology and uses of the plants.
,
1149
Title
Contribution to the taxonomy of Garcinia (Clusiaceae) in Africa, including two new species from Gabon and a key to t
Publication
PhytoKeys 17: 41-62 (2012)
Author
Marc S.M. Sosef, Gilles Dauby
Website
http://www.phytokeys.com
Publisher
 
Year
2012
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. Usually on hillsides and ridges. Also found on limestone. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree[
359
Title
Trees of Sungai Wain
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/Sungaiwain/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site with factsheets on almost 1,000 species of forest trees growing at Sungai Wain in Indonesia. Each factsheet has good quality pictures plus basic information on the ecology and uses of the plants.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Grows well in dappled shade[
358
Title
Online Guide to Chek Jawa
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.wildsingapore.com/chekjawa/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Brief fact sheets on some of the plants growing in the Mangrove swamps and along the adjoining shore line.
].
The tree resembles the mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), but its latex is white and the flowers are smaller[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
This species has been suggested for breeding with other members of the genus in order to improve their fruiting qualities[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
358
Title
Online Guide to Chek Jawa
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.wildsingapore.com/chekjawa/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Brief fact sheets on some of the plants growing in the Mangrove swamps and along the adjoining shore line.
,
1148
Title
Flore Forestière de la Cochinchine
Publication
 
Author
Pierre L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1883-1889
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French and, although rather dated, remains an excellent reference for woody plants from IndoChina. There is a description of the plant, often followed by a resumé of uses, and some truly excellent line drawings.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The white, acid pulp has a pleasant, agreeable flavour[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
,
1148
Title
Flore Forestière de la Cochinchine
Publication
 
Author
Pierre L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1883-1889
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French and, although rather dated, remains an excellent reference for woody plants from IndoChina. There is a description of the plant, often followed by a resumé of uses, and some truly excellent line drawings.
]. The yellow-red, fleshy berry is about 3cm in diameter[
359
Title
Trees of Sungai Wain
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/Sungaiwain/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site with factsheets on almost 1,000 species of forest trees growing at Sungai Wain in Indonesia. Each factsheet has good quality pictures plus basic information on the ecology and uses of the plants.
].

Fruit - raw or made into preserves[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The flesh around the seed has a delicious taste[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
]. It is sour, with a flavour of peaches[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The bright rose-red fruit is a globose berry, 5cm in diameter, with a scent of apples and numerous seeds[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Medicinal

A decoction of the root may be administered after childbirth as a preventive medicine[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
The roots and leaves are used to relieve itching[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

The plant has been suggested as a rootstock for the mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana)[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

The wood is reddish-brown and highly esteemed[
1148
Title
Flore Forestière de la Cochinchine
Publication
 
Author
Pierre L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1883-1889
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French and, although rather dated, remains an excellent reference for woody plants from IndoChina. There is a description of the plant, often followed by a resumé of uses, and some truly excellent line drawings.
]. It is used for general building purposes[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

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[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

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