Garcinia picrorhiza may have been misidentified in the past; reports on its use may actually refer to Garcinia sizygiifolia[
Garcinia picrorhiza is a large tree.
The plant is gathered from the wild for its wood and its use as a flavouring and preservative in wine.
Southeast Asia - Indonesia to New Guinea.
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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. This practice also seems to extend the keeping quality of the wine[
The wood is fine, hard and durable[
]. The stems have been used locally for house posts[
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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